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Cabinets of curiosities

Traces the history of cabinets of curiosities, from their first appearance in the inventories and engravings commissioned by Renaissance nobles such as the Medici or the Hapsburgs, via those of the Dane Ole Wurm and the Italian polymath Athanasius Kircher, to the serious 17th- and 18th-century scientists Elias Ashmole and Levinas Vincent.
Print Book, English, 2013
Thames & Hudson, London, 2013
256 p. : ill, disegni e fotogr. b/n e color. ; 31 cm
9780500515945, 0500515948
Introduction • I. The Theatre of the World • II. Opening the Cabinets • III. Collectors • IV. The Revival of the Cabinet of Curiosities