Overview

Wunderkammer


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(German, ‘wonder chamber’)

By the end of the 16th century the term was virtually synonymous with Kunstkammer. However, it was originally used in mid-century to describe a room containing a private collection of rare natural history specimens such as corals, but above all curiosities such as mandrakes, misshapen antlers, or narwhal tusks. Wunderkammern were predecessors of natural history museums.

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/kuns/hd_kuns.htm Description and illustrations on Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Subjects: Art.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.