Date of Award
Senior Scholars Paper (Colby Access Only)
Colby College. Art Dept.
This notion of the Kunstkammer as an idealized space functions as a precursor to the art museum-both in its structure and philosophical implications. Both spaces drawn upon and reflect a sanctity normally associated with religious structures and artifacts, and, furthermore, encourage a practice of viewing and experiencing art very similar to the way devotees making a pilgrimage encounter holy relics. As institutions of society and learning, they re-appropriate the cultural and historical significance of objects in order to put them on display and hold them up as art worthy of contemplation.
Kunstkammer, Art Museum
Recommended CitationLudwig, Justine, "From the Kunstkammer to the Art Museum" (2008). Senior Scholar Papers. Paper 553.
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