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The First Treatise on Museums - Samuel Quiccheberg's Inscriptiones, 1565 (Paperback)
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The First Treatise on Museums - Samuel Quiccheberg's Inscriptiones, 1565 (Paperback)

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Paperback 188 Pages / Published: 14/11/2013
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This is a new translation of Quiccheberg's seminal 16th century text on the collection and display of objects. Samuel Quiccheberg's Inscriptiones, first published in Latin in 1565, is an ambitious effort to demonstrate the pragmatic value of curiosity cabinets, or Wunderkammer, to princely collectors in 16th-century Europe and, by so doing, inspire them to develop their own such collections. Quiccheberg shows how the assembly and display of physical objects offered nobles a powerful means to expand visual knowledge, allowing them to incorporate empirical and artisanal expertise into the realm of the written word. Quiccheberg's descriptions of early modern collections provide both a point of origin for today's museums and an implicit critique of their aims, asserting the fundamental research and scholarly value of collections: collections are to be used, not merely viewed. The First Treatise on Museums makes Quiccheberg's now rare publication available in English translation. Complementing the translation are a critical introduction by Mark Meadow and a preface by Bruce Robertson.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606061497
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 257 x 175 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The value for us today is in having 'a consummate insider's account of the foundation of the museum as an institution.' Endnotes and color plates expand this scholarly look at early collecting. Cultural anthropologists and collectors will appreciate Quiccheberg's insights and descriptions of creating the ultimate Wunderkammer."--Maine Antique Digest
"[This book] is a milestone in the critical analysis of the origins and development of the concept of collecting and museums."--Renaissance Quarterly

"[a] highly readable translation."--Sixteenth Century Journal

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