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Collecting Naturalia: the Earth, the Sea

The focus of the gallery will be on two French cabinets with ten drawers each. Simple and linear, their purpose is more functional than decorative: indeed, they contain within them the richness of the Terraqueous Orb.

Within one cabinet, there is a collection showcasing the wonders of the Earth: marbles, breccias, alabasters, paesina stones, hard stones, silicified woods, that enchant with their variety of colors, designs, degrees of hardness, and transparency. The other tells the story of the Sea, with shells, fossils, shark teeth, and corals.

Two cabinets with ten drawers veneered in mahogany, containing a collection of marbles and hard stones, and a collection of fossils and shells. France, end 18th - early 19th century

These two cabinets are part of the naturalia collecting tradition. Dating back to the late 18th, early 19th century, they testify to the desire to organize knowledge, to bring order to chaos: containers whose purpose is to overcome the dichotomy between disorder and order, they also represent the possibility of infinite journeys through space and time, with just a simple gesture like opening a drawer.

Chest of drawers
Chest of drawers

Collecting Naturalia: the Earth, the Sea

Walter Padovani
Via Santo Spirito 26/A, Milan

from 16 to 21 April 2024

Opening hours: Monday 3.00 pm – 7.00 pm  Tuesday / Saturday 10.30 am – 1.00 pm / 3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Welcome drink: Thursday, April 18th, 6pm.