BookNook: Cabinets of Wonder

Cabinets of Wonder book


Book Nook: The Cabinets of Wonder Book

Cabinets of Wonder  (also known as Cabinets of curiosities, Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer and wonder-rooms) are encyclopedic collections of objects which were popular in Renaissance Europe. The objects usually included belong 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.

Skulls, butterflies, bones, hunting trophies, botany, taxidermy specimens, ancient Egyptian artifacts, skeletons of mythological creatures, memorabilia and many other mysterious eclectic oddities fill cabinets of wonder.





The Cabinets of Wonder book “showcases exceptional collections in homes and museums, with more than 180 photographs, while also explaining the history behind the tradition, the best-known collections, and the types of objects typically displayed. Offering both a historical overview and a look into contemporary interior design, this extravagantly illustrated book celebrates the wonderfully odd world of cabinets of wonder.”

Author: Christine Davenne, Photographs by Christine Fleurent
Publisher: Abrams Books



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