Europe Vacation 2015: Gustavianum 3 – Art Cabinet
Wikipedia shares that “Cabinets of curiosities (also known as Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms) were encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging 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.”
Unfortunately my pictures of the cabinet did not turn out due to the class case surrounding the cabinet and the poor lighting in the room. So I purchased the large postcard on the left hand side of the spread and the booklet that is on the right side of the spread. The postcard is tripled bordered to help emphasize the massive size of the cabinet (taller than I am!). The booklet is held in place by two brads so that t can be carefully removed so that the viewer can open it to see the contents of the cabinet in great detail.