Collectors and Curiosities

Collectors and Curiosities : Origins of the Museum

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This study examines the history of collecting in early modern Europe, and describes the myriad treasures, from paintings and antiques to religious relics, that found their way into the private collections and public museums of the time. The author looks at the types of people who formed collections, from the harmless eccentrics to the wily speculators, and examines what they collected and why. He develops an historical anthropology of collecting and sheds new light upon the genesis of the modern museum. Pomian charts the changes in fashion which characterized the world of collecting, arguing that such shifts can be seen as a sign of wider and more profound changes in mentality and can be analyzed in terms of a conflict between aesthetic and historical more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 12.7mm | 544.31g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745606806
  • 9780745606804

About Krzysztof Pomian

Pomian is a specialist in the philosophy of history and cultural history both with special reference to Europe in the 17th and 18th more

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"The brilliance of Pomian's text, inspired by his profound consideration over many years of the nature and rationale of collecting ... Pomian's knowledge of French and Italian society and literature of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and his ability to synthesise his knowledge arrestingly, are outstanding" Times Literary Supplementshow more

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The collection - between the visible and the invisible; the age of curiosity; collections in Venetia in the heyday of curiosity; medals/shells; erudition/philosophy; dealers, connoisseurs and enthusiasts in 18th-century Paris; Maffei and Caylus; collectors, naturalists and antiquarians in the Venetia Republic of the 18th century; private collections, public more

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