Sammelwunder, Sammelwahn: Szenen aus der Geschichte einer Leidenschaft (Die Andere Bibliothek, #229)

Sammelwunder Sammelwahn Szenen aus der Geschichte einer Leidenschaft Die Andere Bibliothek Investigating the history of collecting from the Renaissance to our day Blom shows a multiplicity of worlds the scientific cabinets of the fifteenth century and an Italian scholar employed as dragon s

  • Title: Sammelwunder, Sammelwahn: Szenen aus der Geschichte einer Leidenschaft (Die Andere Bibliothek, #229)
  • Author: Philipp Blom
  • ISBN: 9783821845371
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Investigating the history of collecting from the Renaissance to our day Blom shows a multiplicity of worlds the scientific cabinets of the fifteenth century and an Italian scholar employed as dragon slayer the Ark of the Tradescants and a friend s betrayal Emperor Rudolf II s Prague collection as practised alchemy the macabre art of Dr Frederik Ruysch, first amo Investigating the history of collecting from the Renaissance to our day Blom shows a multiplicity of worlds the scientific cabinets of the fifteenth century and an Italian scholar employed as dragon slayer the Ark of the Tradescants and a friend s betrayal Emperor Rudolf II s Prague collection as practised alchemy the macabre art of Dr Frederik Ruysch, first among embalmers and the overflowing menagerie of Sir Hans Sloane s curiosities, later to become the foundation of the British Museum He also discusses the strange fate of Angelo Soliman, a black man at the Habsburg court who was stuffed and exhibited with wild animals explores the rise of scientific collecting and classification and, parallel to it, the explosion of collecting as the private passion of hundreds of thousands and introduces Robert Opie, whose collection of half a million items of household packaging now fills his home in London and two overloaded warehouses in Gloucestershire besides Out of this glittering diversity of material Blom distils the themes underlying this seemingly elusive pursuit conquest and possession, and the awareness of our own mortality.

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    1. An interesting read on how collecting started, at first with the Lordly and wealthy. The first collections were very general - in an age of universal wisdom and corresponding universal illiteracy! These early collections were everything – stones, plants, cadavers, art books… Later collectors became more specialized and in our current age more accessible. In fact everyone becomes a collector and everything collectible by mass production. Children become indoctrinated at an early age to collec [...]

    2. This was a lively and comprehensive look at collecting across time, place, and thing. I was particularly happy about the author's refusal to generalize, illustrating trends in collecting behaviors and attitudes through the accrual of anecdotes rather than resorting to psychological or sociological explanations. This project was aided by the fact that each chapter chose to focus on a particular collector or collection, the contents of which ranged from religious relics to plastic cups. For my own [...]

    3. Dreadful, a really disappointing book - offers such promise & delivers almost nothing at all. Poorly written, pretentious (footnotes all over the place but missing from important & obvious areas), clumsy (no captions for poorly reproduced illustrations, lengthy quotes for no benefit). Could have been great: describing collecting from small/minor to major, exploring the "why" not just the "what". Actually there is some "why" but it's inadequate, superficial. I've given 1 star - probably n [...]

    4. [this originally appeared as an entry titled "A Needle in a Haystack" on my blog,Rampant Biblioholism]I tend to skip around a lot in my reading. Anything that catches my eye is likely to end up on my list, regardless of topic. So I've been thinking about just what it is that's likely to catch my eye. The book To Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting does it just right.Firstly, it's pretty. Just look at it: it's interesting, it's a bit creepy, and it's completly appro [...]

    5. Libro muy interesante que recorre superficialmente la historia del coleccionista en sus diversas facetas, al parecer esta afición llego a su cumbre en el renacimiento y especialmente popular en Holanda, donde eran muy populares los gabinetes de las curiosidades. Hoy los coleccionistas mas populares se entretienen con sellos, monedas, pinturas y otros artículos de valor, pero antaño los coleccionistas querían aquello que era raro e inusual, especialmente hay colecciones de restos humanos inus [...]

    6. This was the best history of collecting that I have yet read, and yes, I have tried to read quite a few. The dry wit and straightforward way of Blom's writing made this a pleasure. Sadly, I left it on the airplane when I was heading home from a visiting artist deal in Ohio, but and considering buying it again just to look through certain passages. If you are interested in collections or have artwork that deals with them, this is a must read.

    7. A very enjoyable read. I liked the fact that Blom wrote some about the psychology of collecting as well as the history of curious collectors. Recommended.

    8. The subject couldn't be more interesting -- and it's one dear to my heart -- but the utilitarian approach to the historical info dampened my enthusiasm a bit early on. Great material, though.

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