This Wikipedia ARTICLE defines a “wunderkammer” as:
CABINETS OF CURIOSITIES (ALSO KNOWN IN GERMAN LOANWORDS AS KUNSTKABINETT, KUNSTKAMMER OR WUNDERKAMMER; ALSO CABINETS OF WONDER, AND WONDER-ROOMS) WERE ENCYCLOPEDIC COLLECTIONS OF OBJECTS WHOSE CATEGORICAL BOUNDARIES WERE, IN RENAISSANCE EUROPE, YET TO BE DEFINED… “THE KUNSTKAMMER WAS REGARDED AS A MICROCOSM OR THEATER OF THE WORLD, AND A MEMORY THEATER. THE KUNSTKAMMER CONVEYED SYMBOLICALLY THE PATRON’S CONTROL OF THE WORLD THROUGH ITS INDOOR, MICROSCOPIC REPRODUCTION.”OF CHARLES I OF ENGLAND’S COLLECTION, PETER THOMAS STATES SUCCINCTLY, “THE KUNSTKABINETT ITSELF WAS A FORM OF PROPAGANDA”. BESIDES THE MOST FAMOUS, BEST DOCUMENTED CABINETS OF RULERS AND ARISTOCRATS, MEMBERS OF THE MERCHANT CLASS AND EARLY PRACTITIONERS OF SCIENCE IN EUROPE FORMED COLLECTIONS THAT WERE PRECURSORS TO MUSEUMS… THE TERM CABINET ORIGINALLY DESCRIBED A ROOM RATHER THAN A PIECE OF FURNITURE.
This is what I want to do here, an online cabinet of curiosities, to learn what’s out there, why some like to find the unique and odd, and why we feel the need to collect these things. Also, having most of what I find fascinating in one place feels like a fun task to me.
So click on a picture/subject that you find interesting. Then scroll down to the smaller images and find the one that interests you (the name of that topic is in tiny print on the bottom, along with attribution for the pic).
I hope you enjoy.