Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy

Roos, Anna Marie and Keller, Vera (2022) Collective Wisdom: Collecting in the Early Modern Academy. TECHNE . Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium. ISBN 9782503588063

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Abstract

The shift from the purposefully disordered Kunstkammer or curiosity cabinet of the Renaissance to the ordered Enlightenment museum is well known. What has to be explored fully is the process through which this transformation occurred. Collective Wisdom is an analysis of how and why members of scholarly societies such as the Royal Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Leopoldina collected specimens of the natural world, art, and antiquarian objects in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These scholarly societies, founded before knowledge became subspecialised, had many common members. We will focus upon how their exploration of natural philosophy, antiquarianism, and medicine were reflected in collecting practice, the formation of early museums and the categorisation and dissemination of knowledge.

Keywords:history of collecting, history of museums, Scholarly societies
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V410 Egyptology
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V143 Modern History 1700-1799
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V142 Modern History 1600-1699
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V141 Modern History 1500-1599
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V340 Intellectual History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:50143
Deposited On:26 Jul 2022 13:39

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