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Objet de Curiosité


“There is only a greatly over-simplified vocabulary with which to define works of art. The Michelangelo statue of David is a work of art. Its bronze reproduction by Bardeienne has the same claim to be a work of art as the finest Gouthière bracket or a Dresden figure mounted in bronze by the eighteen-century modeller. However varied in form or matter or workmanship, any product of the human imagination can qualify as an objet de curiosité, a collectors’ piece of some kind, from a tiny cameo whose details can be seen only under a magnifying-glass to a piece of Chinese jade, a sixteenth-century trepan or the first box of matches.”

em The Strange Life of Objects: 35 Centuries of Art Collecting and Collectors de Maurice Rheims (New York Atheneum Publishers, 1961)


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This entry was posted on March 24, 2015 by in Arte, Ideias de Outros, Livros.
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