PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA.ORG
Italian Pharmacist, Ferrante Imperato (1550-1625) formed one of Europe's first natural history collections in his native Naples, Italy. The sketch shows Mr. Imperato with his son, showing visitors his amazing "wonder room."
What are "cabinets of curiosities?"
In short, "wonder-rooms" or better know as "cabinets of curiosities" were room-sized collections of natural history specimens (marine, land animals, fossil, mineral) as well as mythological creatures (no doubt animals spliced together by a skilled taxidermist), popular in the European Renaissance (14th to the 17th century).
Photos shown below in our "digital cabinet of curiosities" are from both my travels and from my (ever shrinking) personal shell collection. I will be adding more photos over time. You are welcome to grab a photo for personal use. I only ask that if you post a photo on the internet, to please be kind and provide a link and/or source reference back to this blog. Thank you!
Chocolate Chip Sea Star
Red and yellow Sea Fan (Gorgonian) From the Sea-of-Cortez
White Ram's Horn Snail
Pycnopodia Heliathiodes (Sunflower Sea Star)
Pecten Langfordi (Sunrise Shell)
Homalocantha zamboi (Zambo's Murex)
Murex Aculteatus (Pendant Murex)
Cardium Costatum, also known as the Great Ribbed Cockle of Senegal West Africa.
Siratus Alabasters (Alabaster Murex)
Natural purple Allopora Californica
Natural Pink Allopora Californica