Kunstkammer: Early Modern Art and Curiosity Cabinets in the Holy Roman Empire
Jeffrey Chipps Smith

Hardback | Feb 2023 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781789146127 | 336pp | 250x190mm | RFB | AUD$79.99, NZD$89.99

Kunstkammer, art and curiosity cabinets housed in a dedicated room or suite of chambers, were often filled with thousands of diverse and sometimes shocking objects reflecting the bounty of nature and human creativity.

These could range from a cherry pit carved with dozens of faces to an intricate drinking cup fashioned from a rhinoceros horn. Whether as a setting for personal contemplation or as a manifestation of the wealth and prestige of its owners, these proto-museums dazzled visitors of the time.

This book offers the first in-depth comparative examination of the history, theory, organisation, and character of the major Kunstkammern in the Holy Roman Empire.