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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wunderkamer

After a lengthy and persistant search (1 minute on Wiki)  I found the correct name for Tish's Collection.  As the article from Wikipedia explains Tish is following in the tradition of some mighty famous and rich people.    I knew my discerning readers would want to know this.....right!?!

Cabinet of curiosities

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"Musei Wormiani Historia", the frontispiece from the Museum Wormianum depicting Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities.
A cabinet of curiosities was an encyclopedic collection in Renaissance Europe of types of objects whose categorial boundaries were yet to be defined. They were also known by various names such as Cabinet of Wonder, and in German Kunstkammer ("art-room") or Wunderkammer ("wonder-room"). Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings) and antiquities. "The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron's control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction."[1] Of Charles I of England's collection, Peter Thomas has succinctly stated, "The Kunstkabinett itself was a form of propaganda".[2] Besides the most famous and best documented cabinets of rulers and aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science in Europe also formed collections that were precursors to museums.

1 comment:

linpoq said...

I think Tish has more than a wonder-room.....she has a wonder-house! Charles I, meet Tish!!!!