Cabinets de curiosités
by Michel-Edouard Leclerc, Laurent Le Bon and Patrick Mauriès


An important element of Renaissance and Baroque culture, conveying scientific understanding as much as artistic and aesthetic pleasure, the cabinet of curiosities was no match for Enlightenment rationalism, subsisting only in the secret museums of collectors before finally making its comeback in the latter part of the twentieth century. This richly illustrated book explores the contemporary revival of the cabinet of curiosities in France, and considers themes explored by the corresponding exhibition at the Fonds Hélène & Edouard Leclerc in Landerneau, Brittany. Curators Laurent Le Bon and Patrick Mauriès take a fresh view of the subject through sixteen unique perspectives, whether institutions (Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, MUCEM) or individuals (Antoine de Galbert, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Théo Mercier, Miquel Barceló).

Editions FHEL
Authors: Jacques Attali, Marie-Pierre Bathany, Alexandra Bosc, Marie-Charlotte Calafat, François Curiel, Claude d’Anthenaise, Bruno David, Antoine de Galbert, Caroline Ducourau, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Laurent Le Bon, Hélène Leclerc, Myriam Marrache-Gouraud, Jean-Hubert Martin, Pierre Martin, Patrick Mauriès, Théo Mercier, Dominique Moncond’huy
Published in 2019
French edition
22.5 x 26.5 cm
360 pages
ISBN: 9791096209057