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Wunderkammer / Cabinet of curiosity


During the 16th century, due to the explorations of the New World, the construction of very personal collections spread which narrated an imaginary, mysterious and threatening way. The construction of the rooms of wonders became a practice of imagination of 

the submerged inner world inspired by bizarre, fantastic, exotic objects.

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/ Domenico Remps, Lo Scarabattolo,
oil on canvas 99 x 137 cm, 1690, Florence, Museo dell’Opificio delle Pietre Dure

An Example

The Baroque Scarabattolo was made, perhaps for Francesco di Cosimo Riccardi, by Domenico Remps, a painter of whom there is little information: he was German and moved to Venice.
In this painting, a collection of curiosities is represented. At the time, it was fashionable to collect and associate objects ranging from art to botany, from physics to astronomy.

Bizarre objects were exhibited in showcases, considering them both an instrument of knowledge and of aesthetic pleasure based on the wonder of observing a set of bizarre objects.

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