Schmucker Art Gallery



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Art Catalog


A stuffed blowfish, a meticulously-drawn insect, a ravishing lily, and a rhinoceros horn carved with scenes of plants and animals—these were among the wonders of nature and artifice, the marvels that fueled the Renaissance quest for knowledge. This exhibition explores the intellectual and aesthetic motivations of Renaissance naturalists and collectors, whose wonders of nature and artifice were displayed in elaborate gardens, illustrated books, and remarkable cabinets of curiosities. Collectors were driven by curiosity and a sense of wonder about what seemed to be an ever-expanding world. Students from Prof. Felicia Else’s upper-level art history course and Kay Etheridge’s First Year Seminar will draw connections between art and science, and curate a Renaissance-inspired “Chamber of Wonders” in Schmucker Art Gallery with resources from Gettysburg College’s Fine Arts and Special Collections, departments across campus, and individual loans. More information

Publication Date

Fall 2017


Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College


Gettysburg, PA


Renaissance, Chamber of Wonders, science, knowledge, curiosity cabinets

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This tri-fold pamphlet was produced for the exhibit "Wonders of Nature and Artifice," which was displayed in Schmucker Art Gallery from November 10 to December 8 2017.

Wonders of Nature and Artifice