Title

Wunderkammering

RIS ID

68376

Publication Details

McLean, I. A. "Wunderkammering." Curious Colony: A Twenty First Century Wunderkammer. Ed.J. Blunden. Newcastle: Newcastle Region Art Gallery, 2010, 70-75.

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781920876081

Abstract

The Wunderkammer - those rooms of wondrous things collected by Renaissance princes - is the product of princely passions and unmet desires for knowing the world. As if believing that knowledge was power, Renaissance kings and princes collected and then organised in various ways striking things fetched from the distant past and also distant lands recently accessed by European merchants and conquistadors. Thus the Wunderkammer is an early cultural expression of new avenues for princely power opened up by colonialism.

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