Gentleman’s Study—Curiosity Cabinets

To understand the phenomenon of Curiosity Cabinets, we must first understand the mindset of European society in the early to mid-17th century. It was the tail end of the Italian Renaissance, and the height of the Elizabethan era. During this time, one of the highest compliments a man could receive was the label of “curious”. Being curious was an indication of a scientific mind, of intelligence and culture. In keeping with this attitude, awe and wonder were held in high esteem, considered key to learning and educating oneself about the world. Cabinets of curiosity originated in Italy in the early 15th century. While it could refer to an actual cabinet or other piece of furniture, cabinets fre

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