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Kunstkammer: Early Modern Art and Curiosity Cabinets in the Holy Roman Empire
by Jeffrey Chipps Smith
Reaktion Books, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-78914-612-7 | eISBN: 978-1-78914-613-4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Exquisitely illustrated, the first thorough history of these astonishing Early Modern cabinets of curiosities.
 
Kunstkammer, art and curiosity cabinets housed in a dedicated room or suite of chambers, were often filled with thousands of diverse and sometimes shocking objects reflecting the bounty of nature and human creativity. These could range from a cherry pit carved with dozens of faces to an intricate drinking cup fashioned from a rhinoceros horn. Whether as a setting for personal contemplation or as a manifestation of the wealth and prestige of its owners, these proto-museums dazzled visitors of the time. This book offers the first in-depth comparative examination of the history, theory, organization, and character of the major Kunstkammern in the Holy Roman Empire.

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