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DEFINITION

To collect is to accumulate objects. A collection is an accumulation of objects. A collector is a person who makes a collection.Someone said that as soon as you have three of something, you have a collection. Another said that a compulsion to acquire can be explained psychologically as a "hedge against mortality" ? we die, but our stuff lives on. It's actually much more complicated than that, the reasons being nearly as various as the number of collectors. Numerous books have been written about collectors and collecting.Collections can be formed around any of a variety of parameters. They may be centered upon a medium or technique, a certain period or group of artists, or a subject, for instance; or they may be encyclopedic, as can be the entire collection of a large museum. Museums typically have both permanent collections and traveling collections.Example: A collection of forty corkscrews mounted with text labels on a white board. A collection of objects of this size might be displayed best in a shadow box or a vitrine. Consider the means of display chosen by the Virtual Corkscrew Museum.Quote: "Appreciation of works of art requires organized effort and systematic study. Art appreciation can no more be absorbed by aimless wandering in galleries than can surgery be learned by casual visits to a hospital." Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951), American collector. See appreciation, effort, gallery, museum, and patron.Also see accession, bin, bookplate, collectible, Collyers' Mansion, concatenation, deaccession, donation, ephemera, exhibit, frame, gallery, iconoduly, iconography, Kunstkabinette, Kunstkammer, memorabilia, museology, patron, philately, polypropylene, portfolio, posterity, UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, Wunderkabinette, and Wunderkammern.

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