Perspectives on Collecting

Perspectives on Collecting

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Contrary to general traditional belief, the origins of collecting, as a systematic activity that refers to the satisfaction of symbolic rather than actual needs, was not an invention of the Renaissance. Collecting made its first appearance in European prehistory, was a subject of interest and debate for the ancient Greeks and Romans, and has been present continuously ever since. The books in this series are intended to discuss the phenomena of collecting from ancient times to the modern day. They seek to cast light, not only on the types objects that have been collected, but also on how such objects were acquired, and the political, social and personal motivations for creating collections.

  • The Collector's Voice: Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 4: Contemporary Voices book cover

    The Collector's Voice

    Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 4: Contemporary Voices, 1st Edition

    By Susan Pearce, Rosemary Flanders, Fiona Morton

    The Collector’s Voice is a major four-volume project which brings together in accessible form material relevant to the history and practice of collecting in the European tradition from c. 1500 BC to the present day. The series demonstrates how attitudes to objects, the collecting of objects, and…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • The Collector's Voice: Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 1: Ancient Voices book cover

    The Collector's Voice

    Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 1: Ancient Voices, 1st Edition

    By Susan Pearce, Rosemary Flanders, Fiona Morton

    The Collector’s Voice is a major four-volume project which brings together in accessible form material relevant to the history and practice of collecting in the European tradition from c. 1500 BC to the present day. The series demonstrates how attitudes to objects, the collecting of objects, and…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • Cabinets for the Curious: Looking Back at Early English Museums book cover

    Cabinets for the Curious

    Looking Back at Early English Museums, 1st Edition

    By Ken Arnold

    The last few years has, within museums, witnessed nothing short of a revolution. Worried that the very institution was itself in danger of becoming a dusty, forgotten, culturally irrelevant exhibit, vigorous efforts have been made to reshape the museum mission. Fearing that history was coming to be…

    Hardback – 2005-12-28
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • Luxury and Legitimation: Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia book cover

    Luxury and Legitimation

    Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia, 1st Edition

    By Allison Karmel Thomason

    Utilizing a variety of ancient sources, including cuneiform texts, images and archaeological finds, Luxury and Legitimation explores how the collecting of luxury objects contributed to the formation of royal identity in one of the world's oldest civilizations, ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq).…

    Hardback – 2005-10-28
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • The Public Art Museum in Nineteenth Century Britain: The Development of the National Gallery book cover

    The Public Art Museum in Nineteenth Century Britain

    The Development of the National Gallery, 1st Edition

    By Christopher Whitehead

    During the mid-nineteenth century a debate arose over the form and functions of the public art museum in Britain. Various occurrences caused new debates in Parliament and in the press about the purposes of the public museum which checked the relative complacency with which London's national…

    Hardback – 2005-04-28
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • The Nature of Classical Collecting: Collectors and Collections, 100 BCE – 100 CE book cover

    The Nature of Classical Collecting

    Collectors and Collections, 100 BCE – 100 CE, 1st Edition

    By Alexandra Bounia

    The phenomenon of collecting as a systematic activity undertaken for symbolic rather than actual needs, is traditionally taken to originate in the middle of the fifteenth century, when the first cabinets of curiosities appear in Italy. Yet it is clear that the practice of collecting started long…

    Hardback – 2004-10-28
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • The Collector's Voice: Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 3: Modern Voices book cover

    The Collector's Voice

    Critical Readings in the Practice of Collecting: Volume 3: Modern Voices, 1st Edition

    By Susan Pearce, Rosemary Flanders, Fiona Morton

    The Collector’s Voice is a major four-volume project which brings together in accessible form material relevant to the history and practice of collecting in the European tradition from c. 1500 BC to the present day. The series demonstrates how attitudes to objects, the collecting of objects, and…

    Hardback – 2002-08-27
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting

  • The Trade Union Badge: Material Culture in Action book cover

    The Trade Union Badge

    Material Culture in Action, 1st Edition

    By Paul Martin

    Much of the nineteenth-century British labour movement was characterised by impressive membership emblems. The lapel badge emerged towards the end of the century and signalled a further outward expression of self-worth, affording the trade union member a personal symbol of a collective identity.…

    Hardback – 2002-04-28
    Routledge
    Perspectives on Collecting