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us: Cabinets of curiosities


  • Here are entered works on European collections of the 16th and 17th centuries that typically comprised heterogeneous materials such as works of art, natural history specimens and scientific instruments that are often considered precursors of modern museums.
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  • Variants

    • us: Cabinets of wonder
    • us: Curiosities, Cabinets of
    • us: Curiosity cabinets
    • us: Kunst-und Wunderkammern
    • us: Kunstkammern
    • us: Kunstkammers
    • us: Kunstschränke
    • us: Wunderkammern
  • Broader Terms

    • us: Collectors and collecting
  • Related Terms

    • us: Museums
  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: The origins of museums--the cabinet of curiosities, 2001: p. 15 (Kunst- und Wunderkammern) p. 30 (Kunstkammern, Wunderkammern) p. 123 (Kunstschränke)
    • found: Devices of wonder, 2001: p. 2 (curiosity cabinet) p. 6 (Kunstschränke) p. 7 (Kunstkammern) p. 148 (Wunderkammern, cabinets of curiosities)
    • found: Court, cloister and city, 1995: p. 172 (Kunstkammers) p. 182 (Kunst- und Wunderkammern)
    • found: NYPL web site, 0ct. 11, 2002 (info. on exhibition held June 7-August 24, 2002 "The Public's Treasures: A Cabinet of Curiosities from The New York Public Library"; cabinets of curiosities (also known as Wunderkammern, or cabinets of wonder) proliferated throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th cent. Encyclopedic in approach, the cabinets emphasized the exceptional, the rare, and the marvelous)
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on European collections of the 16th and 17th centuries that typically comprised heterogeneous materials such as works of art, natural history specimens and scientific instruments that are often considered precursors of modern museums.
  • Change Notes

    • 2002-09-26: new
    • 2002-11-26: revised
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