'Before Museums: Exploring the Seventeenth-Century Cabinet of Curiosities'

Series Name Lunchtime Lectures
Speaker Stephanie Bowry
Type Lectures & Talks
When 06 Dec 2013, 12:00PM - 01:00PM
Venue Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, Leicester City Centre
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Duncan Stanley, 0116 229 7644

Imagine a world without museums.

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, long before the advent of the first public museums, the ‘curiosity cabinet’ was one of the most popular forms of collecting and display in Europe. Mysterious and strange, these privately–owned collections of extraordinary objects, from unicorn’s horns to mechanical ships, attempted to represent the splendours of the natural and artificial worlds in a single room, or even in a box.

In this Lunchtime Lecture, Stephanie Bowry, a postgraduate researcher from the School of Museum Studies, will talk about the spectacular Augsburg Art Cabinet, a rare survival of a collection from 1631. This miniature cabinet survives with more than a thousand objects intact, including a pair of beard-curling tongs and a spider cast in silver. This lecture represents part of a much larger project examining the concepts and visual strategies which lay behind early collections, and their re-interpretation in contemporary art.

The Lunchtime Lecture series takes place Fridays, 12-1pm at the Leicester Adult Education College, located at 2 Wellington St, near the city end of New Walk. The lectures are delivered by current University of Leicester postgraduates and are open to the public, so there is no need to book, just come along on the day.

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