A Cabinet Of Rarities: Antiquarian Obsessions And The Spell Of Death by Erik DesmazieresA Cabinet Of Rarities: Antiquarian Obsessions And The Spell Of Death by Erik Desmazieres

A Cabinet Of Rarities: Antiquarian Obsessions And The Spell Of Death

byErik Desmazieres

Hardcover | November 6, 2012

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For bibliophiles, print collectors,and connoisseurs, and anyonewhose imagination is fired bythe macabre and the arcane:contemporary etchings recreatinginteriors, studios,cityscapes, landscapes, andfantastical compositionsfrom a Piranesian world

The manifestation of a collector’s appetite for discovering and mastering theworld—represented by singular items of natural history, geology, art, orrelics—cabinets of curiosities and rarities became popular in the Renaissanceand were precursors to the modern museum.Largely inspired by seventeenth-century scientist and antiquary Sir ThomasBrowne, whose esoteric writings have long appealed to scholars, this rarenew work is a bibliophile’s delight. Erik Desmazières’s contemporary etchingspresent a cabinet of rarities portraying a collection of the recondite, rare, andbizarre, complete with emblems of the vanity of earthly life and intimationsof mortality. Death and decay are favorite subjects: a skull recalls depictionsof Sir Thomas Browne’s own, disinterred and displayed in a local museumuntil the 1920s. These abstruse objects and specters of death, subject matteronce considered the preserve of specialists, have entered the cultural mainstreamand have found a broad popular audience.
Erik Desmazières, a member of France’s elite Académie des Beaux-Arts, is represented in numerous public and private collections all over the world.Patrick Mauriees is a Paris-based writer of many notable titles on fashion and design. Among his previous books are Maison Goossens: Haute Couture Jewelry, Jewelry by Chanel, The World Accor...
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Title:A Cabinet Of Rarities: Antiquarian Obsessions And The Spell Of DeathFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:112 pages, 11.32 × 8.53 × 0.71 inShipping dimensions:11.32 × 8.53 × 0.71 inPublished:November 6, 2012Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500516340

ISBN - 13:9780500516348

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