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Create a journal entry: CCAA as a research tool


How can the CCAA be understood as a research tool?

Share your experiences and have a look at the journals of other participants.
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Collections as a historical reference.

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It is fascinating to see and learn about an inspired collections birth. As we travel and view collection from previous centuries we know little of the collectors motivations often assuming it has been monetary. The CCAA has obviously been a powerful driver of change in attitude as well as collecting the art itself. I am now curious to know if past collectors have had this influence.
This collection will join those important European collections and be a source of research of both the artists work and the social change driving that work.


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Dear Irmgard
The history of collecting is as a very old one. For centuries, monarchs, the nobility and clergy commissioned art for private and religious purposes. Those collection not only had a mere monetary value, they were also an expression of power, distinction and representation. In the 14th century cabinets of curiosities, encyclopedic collections including works of art, antiquities, historical relics, shells or stuffed animals, were very much on vogue. Of course they influenced their contemporaries taste and aesthetic values, defining even nowadays what we think about art, architecture etc. of past centuries. If you want to get an overview, have a look at Hans-Ulrich Thamer: Kunst sammeln, Damstadt 2015. I will get back to you with an English equivalent.

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