- “… a sumptuously illustrated volume of wonders.”
- “It is massive and full of some compellingly repulsive things… but it is also absolutely fascinating.”
- “This is the kind of book you see in photos of new and expensive interiors or come across in boutique hotel lobbies.”
- “How such a magnificent beast – replete with diverse papers and a breathtaking gatefold spread – can be made for the price is quite astonishing.”
- “Altogether this book is a marvel – every turn of the page elicits a gasp of incredulity and delight.”
- “Travel to Europe’s most eclectic rooms.”
- “A delightful, extra-large compendium of collecting.”
- “Cabinet of Curiosities reveals a weird and wonderful world.”
- “This extra-large volume is full of photographs of some of Europe’s most surreal collections. Dive into a world of carved amber, magic coral and stuffed mermaids.”
- “A glimpse inside historic collections of miraculous miscellany.”
- “The cabinet of curiosities celebrated the act of collection for its own sake—an almost random accumulation of natural-history specimens and other bizarre objects.”
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Massimo Listri. Cabinet of Curiosities150
Wunderkammer of the World
Hidden treasures, dreams of universal knowledge, and exquisite beauty
From the Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici and Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to Archduke Ferdinand II of Habsburg, these aristocratic virtuosos acquired, selected, and displayed the objects in real-life catalogues that represented the entire world—spanning architecture, interior design, painting, sculpture, gemology, geology, botany, biology and taxonomy, astrology, alchemy, anthropology, ethnography, and history.
Marvel at the unicorn horns (narwhal tusks), gems, rare coral growths, Murano glasswork, paintings and peculiar mechanical automata. Browse through illustrations of exotic and mythical creatures and discover the famed “Coburg ivories,” an astounding collection of crafted artifacts. 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. Although many of these cabinets of curiosities no longer exist, others have been meticulously reconstructed, and new ones born.
These marvelous cabinets of curiosities can now be explored by all in this XXL collection. To realize this mammoth undertaking, 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.
Antonio Paolucci studied art history under Roberto Longhi in Florence and began his career in the management of cultural heritage. He was the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage in Venice, Verona, and Mantua. He later became Director of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence and, for almost twenty years, the Superintendent for the Polo Museale Fiorentino. Most recently, Paolucci was the Director of the Vatican Museums from 2007 to 2016. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, he is the author of museum and exhibition catalogues, as well as publications on Donatello, Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Benvenuto Cellini, among others.
Giulia ML Carciotto graduated in art history from the Sapienza University in Rome. She was a Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, where she also worked for Christie’s. She was editor-in-chief of the art publisher Franco Maria Ricci Editore in Milan, and now teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo and at the Abadir Academy in Catania.
Massimo Listri. Cabinet of CuriositiesHardcover, 29 x 39.5 cm, 4.55 kg, 356 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-4035-3Edition: English, French, German