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Brilliant Discourse: Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome

Evelyn Lincoln
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
Language
English
ISBN
9780300204193, 0300204191
Summary
"Sixteenth-century Roman presses turned out hundreds of technical treatises and learned discourses written in the vernacular. Covering topics as diverse as the cultivation of silkworms, the lives of the saints, and the order of the cosmos, they made esoteric knowledge accessible to a broad spectrum of readers. Many of these books were illustrated with beautiful etchings, engravings, or woodcuts, and some were written in the form of theatrical and engaging dialogues. For writers, publishers, printers, and artists, bringing such books into the world changed the lives of those involved in their production. The process of publication, a risky business in itself, forged lively social networks centered on making and reading these treatises. Brilliant Discourse follows the story of the Roman illustrated book from the printed page back out to the Renaissance streets, piazzas, palaces, convents, and bookshops where these expensive publications, carefully shepherded through the press, acted in the real world to create lively communities of readers and viewers."--book jacket.
Contents
  • Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome
  • Pictures for the Ear of the Heart : The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict
  • Camillo Agrippa's Cosmology of Knowledge
  • The Care of the Body in Pietro Paolo Magni's Manual for Barber-Surgeons
  • Courts and Other Theatres : Magino Gabrielli's Dialogues on Silk
  • Talking Pictures : The Discourse of Images in Illustrated Dialogues.
Description
xi, 302 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-296) and index.
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