Gallery Talk: "Is a Crocodile a Work of Art? Seeing Objects in the Early Modern Cabinet of Curiosities"
The crocodile is the canonical curiosity in the early modern cabinet, or at the very least the most visible and central artifact in late 16th and 17th century representations of cabinets of curiosities. We see the crocodile everywhere but we do not know why. This talk, exploring the meaning and making of the crocodile as an early museum artifact, is a case study in how to understand the selection, presentation, and interpretation of objects in the hands of early modern collectors. Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities.
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