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Colonialism and the Museum

Colonialism and the Museum

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This lesson will examine the connection between colonialism and the founding of many encyclopedic museums of art in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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Notes on "Colonialism & The Museum"

Key Terms

Wunderkammer

a room, usually in the house of a wealthy and/or well-traveled
person, that is full of treasures and curiosities from faraway
places.

Kunstkammer

a room, usually in the house of a wealthy person, where works of
art were displayed.

Elgin Marbles

the sculptures from the Parthenon that were brought to England
by Lord Elgin in the late 1700s.

Benin Bronzes

sculptures from the West African city of Benin that the British
seized when they attacked the city in 1897.

Encyclopedic museum

that attempts to provide a comprehensive view of
Museum history, and/or art history.

 

Works Cited

Benin Bronzes; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Benin_Bronzes_%28Plaques%29.jpg Elgin Marbles East Pediment; Public Domain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Elgin_Marbles_east_pediment.jpg

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Encyclopedic Museum

    A museum that attempts to provide a comprehensive view of history, and/or art history.

  • Benin Bronzes

    Sculptures from the West African city of Benin that the British seized when they attacked the city in 1897.

  • Elgin Marbles

    The sculptures from the Parthenon that were brought back to England by Lord Elgin in the late 1700s.

  • Kunstkammer

    A room, usually in the house of a wealthy person, where works of art were displayed.

  • Wunderkammer

    A room, usually in the house of a wealthy and/or well-traveled person, that is full of treasures and curiosities from faraway places.