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Nature's Museums: Victorian Sciences and the Architecture of Display

Nature's Museums: Victorian Sciences and the Architecture of Display (Paperback)

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In Nature's Museums, author Carla Yanni brings together the history of architecture and the history of science in an engaging study of how the Victorians approached the housing and display of scientific artifacts. Focusing on the Oxford University Museum, the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art, and the Natural History Museum of London, Yanni explores how such institutions reflected varying, often contradictory concepts of nature - from the handiwork of God to a resource to be exploited. She explains how the rise of museums accompanied and influenced the transformation of science from a "gentleman's hobby" to a paying profession. And she shows how the buildings themselves remain invaluable guides to the Victorians' ambiguous perception of the natural world. Through careful social and historical accounts of the buildings, their displays, and their reception, Yanni's work deepens our understanding of the emerging power of museums in Darwin's century. Previously published in hardcover by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Architecture & DesignArchitecturePublic buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etc Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press Publication Date: 01/03/2005 ISBN-13: 9781568984728  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Carla Yanni is associate professor of art history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She received the Society of Architectural Historians Founders' Award for her article, "Divine Display or Secular Science: Definitions of Nature at the Natural History Museum in London," in 1996, and in 1994 she earned a doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. During the academic year 2002-2003 she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Yanni lives in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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