There was no single prevailing Renaissance theory as to what the fossils were.
The items on display in the Gettysburg Collection Cabinet are present-day decorative stone pieces, carved out of marbleized fossil beds
Paintings were objects of great value [...]Paintings expressed wealth, intellect, and power, but they also could express religious convictions.
Snakes were included because they were known to be venomous and this was a reminder of the mortality of humanity,
Letters, chronicles, works of fiction, and visual arts in the sixteenth century reveal that the discovery of the New World
The collection of insects was a very specialized and complicated process that required patience, perseverance, and a good eye.
Perhaps it was the mystery of fossils’ origins that led to collection and subsequent illustration or perhaps it was the
Fish were a frequent subject of scientific inquiry during the 16th and 17th centuries, due to their heavy symbolism and
The bronze Mercury statue presented in the Gettysburg Cabinet exemplifies the god’s quickness, a copy of one of the most famous statue
People could view a representation of the world in maps, both literally and figuratively, and they thus mimicked the goal
Importantly, there was a longstanding tradition of the oceanic environment mirroring the heavens, because the terrestrial earth was considered to
Artifacts from Asia were highly esteemed in Renaissance Europe, and porcelain, silk, paintings, ivory and mother-of-pearl were often traded; jade,
With a long history rooted in symbolism, Capuchin monkeys are a prized New World species known for their intelligence and
The marine chronometer enabled sailors and explorers to calculate their longitude with an unprecedented degree of accuracy, thereby spurring on a new
The Renaissance thirst for knowledge rekindled an appreciation of the old; ancient texts, therefore, became exceedingly valuable.
The Bather is small statuette of a young woman discarding her garment as she steps into a pool of water.
The human body and its physiology became the fascination of Renaissance naturalists and artists.
The African masks on display in the Gettysburg Cabinet reflect the ambition of the Renaissance collector to possess and exhibit