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OP THE AGE OF THE MARVELOUS. Ed. by Joy Kenseth. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 1991. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 502 pp. with 347 ills. (17 col.). 32 x 24 cm. ISBN 0944722091 In English.
A broad-ranging study of the fascination with the exotic that permeated 16th- and 17th-century European culture, this scholarly catalogue illustrates and extensively documents 225 diverse objects, including prints depicting miracles and natural oddities, illusionistic still-life paintings, maps, illustrated books, scientific instruments invented during the period and intricately wrought decorative objects based on occult motifs. Nine detailed essays explore the psychological and philosophical factors underlying the era's interest in natural and man-made wonders, discussing the aesthetics of the marvelous in literature, the popularity of curiosity cabinets, the appeal of anomalous creatures and plants to the scientific and popular imagination, and the vogue for elaborate festival productions and fantastic garden designs.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Several Media
Plans: 01,06,07,17
Worldwide Number: 023463
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