Art collection
(2,646 words)

1. Introduction

Collections devoted entirely to art objects were a relatively late phenomenon in the early modern period. A different type dominated Europe until the 17th century, namely the encyclopedic collection encompassing not only works of art but …

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Spenlé, Virginie, “Art collection”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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