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Identification and Creation
Object Number
M24374
People
Angela S. Lorenz, American (born 1965 -)
Title
The Theater of Nature, or, Curiosity Filled the Cabinet
Classification
Prints
Work Type
artist's book
Date
1999
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/186250
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Etching, watercolor, and letterpress, the work constructed as fold-outs
Technique
Etching
Dimensions
19.2 x 18.2 x 89 cm (7 9/16 x 7 3/16 x 35 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Angela Lorenz
  • colophon: yes, unpaginated [p. 10], printer's ink and graphite, letterpress and handwritten, signed, in artist's hand: The Theater of Nature / or / Curiosity Filled the Cabinet / is an edition with unique variants, as ten different curiosities are depicted in water-color for each of the seven books created. Most of these images are based on manuscript illustrations commissioned by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), the first professor of natural history appointed in Italy and the creator of an extensive museum of natural artifacts. The others were commissioned by Manfredo Settala (1600-1680) for his collection of curiosities in Milan. On the verso of the water-colors eleven copperplate etchings compose a paper "hall of wonders". They recreate prints commissioned by founders of collections of curiosities to represent the museums visually at the front of a published catalog. Type printed with moveable type in Centaur (a mythical beast) at Stamperia Valdonega of Verona. Cover created with the mineral lepidolite.For Lucy R. Sprague / who loved the theater and / all things extraordinary[signed] Angela Lorenz 1/7 / Angela Lorenz Bologna, Italy 1999.
Provenance
Angela Lorenz, Manchester, Massachusetts, sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, April 11, 2000.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© 1999 Angela S. Lorenz
Accession Year
2000
Object Number
M24374
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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