PUBLIC UTILITY AND SPECTACULAR DISPLAY: THE PHYSICS CABINET OF THE ROYAL MUSEUM IN FLORENCE (1775) PAOLA BERTUCCI* ABSTRACT The Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History opened to the pub- lic in 1775. Its outstanding Physics Cabinet included a vast range of exqui- site pieces especially made for the Museum by local artisans or by presti- gious foreign makers, as well as items that had belonged to the Medici family or to the Accademia del Cimento. The paper investigates the origins of the 1775 collection of physics instruments, and highlights Fontana's at- tempt to create an institution that would productively combine tradition and innovation, research and display, spectacle and usefulness. Keywords: Museums, experimental philosophy, Felice Fontana.
Nuncius (successor of "Annali") – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2006
Keywords: Keywords: Museums, experimental philosophy, Felice Fontana
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