A century of emblems: an introductory anthology
The emblem form pervaded Renaissance thought and influenced the writers of the age who both consciously and unconsciously use the emblem tradition to reinforce, emphasise and colour the meanings of their work. It is now recognised that we can understand the Renaissance more fully only by comprehending the systems of thought which prevailed and of which the emblem is part.This new work contains one hundred emblems chosen from those books produced between 1531 and 1647. A substantial introduction places the emblem tradition within the wider framework of literature, art and related disciplines, discusses the contemporary use of emblems, outlines emblem theory and analyses the meanings which lie behind both the emblems and the verses which accompany them. Each emblem has detailed notes and an English translation where necessary, and there is a representative cross-section of emblematists such as Alciati, de la Perriere, Whitney, Whither and Quarles.The book is the first anthology of its kind and is a significant contribution to our understanding of the emblem and its tradition.
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