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.

- Jeffrey Chipps Smith
- 336 pages
- 7.5 inches W x 9.8 inches L
- Hardcover
- Reaktion Books
- 2023
- Art History
- Item #: 978-1789146127