Marika Keblusek

Returning from his travels in the Mediterranean, the Dutch physician Bernardus Paludanus (1550-1633) amassed what would not only be the first, but also the most extensive and influential collection of naturalia, exotica and artificialia in the Dutch Republic around 1600. Hundreds of visitors, in particular originating from the German territories (princes, scholars) came to see this “treasury of the globe, collection of the whole, ark of the universe”, as Hugo Grotius excitedly praised it. They left proof of their admiration in Paludanus’s visitors book, which also doubled as an album amicorum on his travels through Europe and the Near East. This album is an eminent example of the way intermediality functioned in pre-modern Europe, and of the way the organic hybridity of objects, words and images helped to make, and shape, knowledge. Within the larger framework of studying pre-modern collection networks, while at the HAB I aim to focus on the following:

* The album as a documentary recollection of Paludanus' German networks, its functioning as an autobiographical memory tool and a self-promoting overview of networking skills, and as an index to its history.

* The album as a material object and hybrid medium, consisting of manuscript, print, art, and a mixture of these three.