Collectioun of Cunnynge Curioustes: March 30, 2013

Johann Georg Hainz's Cabinet of Curiosities, circa 1666. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Johann Georg Hainz’s Cabinet of Curiosities, circa 1666. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

During the Renaissance, cabinet of curiosities came into fashion as a collection of objects that would often defy classification. As a precursor to the modern museum, the cabinet referred to room(s), not actual furniture, of things that piqued the owners interest and would be collected and displayed in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Collectioun of Cunnynge Curioustes is my 21st century interpretation of that idea.

 

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  • BBC Four – Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain’s Holiest Places
    A six-part series on the BBC that follows Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn as he travels the British countryside exploring oft-forgotten sacred sites that weave together Britain’s rich spiritual history.
  • BBC Two – Ice Age Art: A Culture Show Special
  • BBC Four – The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
    It is a common misconception that during the period from when the Romans left Britain (402 CE) and until William the Conquerer won The Battle of Hastings (1066 CE), Britain and the whole of Europe was plunged into an age where there was no creation of art, no furthering of science, and no sense of wonder. This is, of course, completely untrue. The British art critic Waldemar Januszczak looks at art and architecture from around Britain and Europe that flourished during this period.
  • BBC Two – Vikings
    Three part series, hosted by Neil Oliver, who travels all over Scandinavia and Britian on the forming and dissolution of the Vikings. It echoes some of the points made in the last episode of The Dark Ages: An Age of Light, which concentrated on Viking/Celtic artistic influences, but I found the series overall lacking in depth. There was no mention of Viking settlements in the Hebrides and one or two lines were thrown out about the Norman invasion in 1066, which historians mark as the end of Viking era. The issue I take is Normans are descendants of Viking raiders from generations ago, so to not mention this ouroboros effect seems super sloppy. I liked Oliver’s previous documentaries, so this was even more disappointing.
  • BBC Four – Heritage! The Battle for Britain’s Past
  • BBC Four – Elegance and Decadence, The Age of the Regency

Weekly watching: Formula 1, Vikings, The Vampire Diaries, House of Lies, Elementary, Spartacus, The Americans, Archer, and Project Runway.

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