348 pages, 200 halftones
In the early eighteenth century, Russian ruler Peter the Great established the Kunstkamera as the encyclopedic museum of the Academy of Sciences. This volume offers for the first time a complete detailed catalogue of the approximately 2,200 surviving drawings of the objects in the museum's collections. The result of a five-year research effort by distinguished Russian and Dutch scholars, this comprehensive work provides a wealth of insights into the original collection of the legendary Kunstkamera.
The collection of drawings is a fascinating one because it is as if we stepped into an early 18th-century time capsule. . . . An intriguing mixture of historical and an ethnographic museum, a natural history and a science museum, a store of antiques and curiosities and an art museum. . . . A book of dedication and of the highest professional standard. One can learn from this book how the world of collecting and the creation of museums worked in the Dutch Republic and Russia in the decades before and after 1700.
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