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Religious Materiality in the Kunstkammer of Rudolf II

Ivanic, Suzanna (2019) Religious Materiality in the Kunstkammer of Rudolf II. In: Religious Materiality in the Early Modern World. Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700 . Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 177-192. ISBN 978-94-6298-465-3. (doi:10.1515/9789048535422-013) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84403)

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Abstract

Looking closely at objects in Rudolf II’s Kunstkammer in Prague (1577-1612) reveals the complex interactions between religion and the natural world. The coconut shell, rhinoceros horn and bezoar stone that made up a liturgical cup in the collection were thought to protect against poisonous liquids and its inscription with a psalm drew attention to the notion of ‘thirsting’ for God. Text or images could make references to religion, but sometimes beliefs were lodged within the material. Similarly, precious stones were considered to represent divine power. This chapter examines these meanings of materiality in so-called ‘religious objects’ at the Habsburg court.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1515/9789048535422-013
Uncontrolled keywords: Prague, natural philosophy, Kunstkammer, collections, religion, history, material culture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D203 Modern History, 1453-
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
N Visual Arts > NK Decorative arts. Applied arts. Decoration and ornament
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Suzanna Ivanic
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 09:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84403 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ivanic, Suzanna: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5211-6967
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