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PUBLIC UTILITY AND SPECTACULAR DISPLAY: THE PHYSICS CABINET OF THE ROYAL MUSEUM IN FLORENCE (1775)

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<title> ABSTRACT </title>The Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History opened to the public in 1775. Its outstanding Physics Cabinet included a vast range of exquisite pieces especially made for the Museum by local artisans or by prestigious 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 attempt to create an institution that would productively combine tradition and innovation, research and display, spectacle and usefulness.

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2016-12-03

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