Last week I attended a very interesting workshop on the history of early modern natural history and exploration, with a focus on all things “Iberian” (see programme here).
The workshop included a visit to a current exhibition at the Botanical Institute: Salvadoriana, a sort of “cabinet of curiosities” initiated by a Barcelona-based family of apothecaries. The collection featured some wonderful natural objects -from bezoar stones to dried animals- as well as an incredible collection of books, an herbarium, a collection of model fruits (Pomona española) and a wonderful set of decorated cabinets.
I take this opportunity to thank José (Pepe) Pardo-Tomás for his exhaustive and suggestive guided tour!
You can read the exhibition catalogue in Pepe’s Academia website: here