Cassiano dal Pozzo: Museo Cartaceo
General Editors: Dr Jennifer Montagu FBA and Dr Arthur MacGregor
Managing Editor: Ms Kate Owen
Project Co-ordinator: Ms Rea Alexandratos
The 'Museo Cartaceo', or 'Paper Museum', is a collection of more than 7,000 watercolours, drawings and prints, assembled during the first half of the 17th century by the renowned Roman patron and collector, Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588–1657). It represents one of the most significant attempts ever made before the age of photography to embrace all human knowledge in visual form. Documenting ancient art, archaeology, botany, geology, ornithology and zoology, the collection today constitutes a visual database that provides us with a significant tool for understanding the culture and intellectual concerns of a period during which the foundations of our own scientific methods of research and classification were laid down.