Human skulls, crocodiles, butterflies, ancestral portraits, leather-bound volumes, ancient religious artifacts, the alleged skeletons of mythological creatures, and many other mysterious oddities have filled the shelves of cabinets of wonder. These collections, also called museums, grottoes, wonder rooms, are the ancestors of modern museums. A centuries-old tradition that blossomed in Europe between the Renaissance and the French Revolution, cabinets of wonder are intriguing again. Shops, restaurants, and homes echo these cabinets in their wares of interior design, and museums exhibit both historic and contemporary collections. This book showcases the exception cabinets of wonder in today's private homes and museums. Cabinets of Wonder offers an extravagantly illustrated tour of an odd and illuminating world.
•9"W x 1"D x 12.5"H
•by Christine Davenne
•photography by Christine Fleurent
•translated from the French by Nicholas Elliott
•embossed hardcover
•no dust jacket
•232 pages


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