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Massimo Listri. Cabinet of Curiosities

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Giulia Carciotto, Antonio Paolucci

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The Wunderkammer, or "cabinet of curiosities", saw collectors gathering objects from many strands of artistic, scientific, and intellectual endeavour, in an ambitious attempt to encompass all of humankind's knowledge in a single room.

Marvel at the unicorn horns (narwhal tusks), gems, rare coral growths, Murano glasswork, paintings and peculiar mechanical automata. These collections are nothing short of a journey through time, from the Renaissance and Age of Discovery, the Mannerist and Baroque periods, up to the present day.

Massimo Listri traveled to seven European countries over several decades; the result is a set of gorgeous photographs, an authoritative yet accessible introduction, and detailed commentary on each of the 19 chambers highlighting the most remarkable items in each collection. Discover how these timeless treasures both describe and defined civilization, the modern concept of the museum, and our very knowledge of the universe.

Size: Hardcover, 29 x 39.5 cm, 356 pages.

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