My research centres around the art cabinets (Kunstschränke) produced by the merchant-dealer Philipp Hainhofer (1578 – 1647). It examines how artisans, merchants and collectors used material objects to understand their bodies. Furthermore, it attempts to understand how art-loving, mercantile, scholarly individuals such as Hainhofer constructed their relationships through the paradigms of health and the body. It argues that by focusing on the corporeal body, Hainhofer bridged geographical, confessional and social divides. I am particularly interested in sensory experience, employing a range of methodological techniques, such as material reconstruction, to reflect on how scholars can treat ephemeral materials.