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Cabinet of Curiosities - the Wunderkammer


Olaus Worm's Cabinet of Curiosities

Olaus Wurm's (1588-1654) Cabinet of Curiosities, Oslo, Click here to see larger version

In a new world transcending the old boundaries.

Explanations for everything were sought, proof was collected and put on display. The old authorities were increasing challenged.

Sometimes no distinction was made between fact and myth.

Objects were displayed together in so-called Cabinets of Curiosities.

Interpretation was usually left to a guided tour given by the owner, housekeeper or servant dependent upon status and the humble museum label.

The target audience was the intellectual, the antiquarian, the cognoscenti and the middle class.




Page updated 4th March 2012

Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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