It is a collection of Latin emblem poems, each consisting of a motto a proverb or other short enigmatic expression , a picture, and an epigrammatic text. It began a craze for emblem poetry that lasted for several centuries. We use the Latin text and images from an important edition of and we give a translation into English. Notes on use The emblems may be read in sequence, in Latin or in English , or in Latin-English parallel. If you know a title or a motif that you might be looking for, use our title and searching files.
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As such, its importance cannot be underestimated. The corpus would eventually stretch to emblems, but early editions had a little over a hundred. Andrea Alciato Alciato was born in Alzate near Milan. He is famed not only for his emblems but as a legal scholar. He studied in Milan, Pavia. His interpretative work on Roman law is still of interest to legal historians today.
A further editions would follow in April of the same year, and another in It would seem that Alciato himself had nothing to do with this series of editions, produced at the behest of his friend and colleague the Humanist Conrad Peutinger From onwards publishing was to shift to France and remained there for the next thirty years, and in the first French edition Alciato is very critical of the previous editions.
Read a Bibliographical Description. These are often of inferior workmanship, and at times ill-suited to their context. Nevertheless they possess a certain charm and the iconographic tradition which they launch is broadly maintained for close on a hundred years.
The text itself is also faulty at times. Punctuation is particularly irregular, and question marks are often omitted. Where a reading is deemed corrupt, corrections are made in our transcriptions with the help of the later Wechel editions published in Paris from onwards.
This error had been corrected in the web version. John Landwehr, German Emblem Books
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As such, its importance cannot be underestimated. The corpus would eventually stretch to emblems, but early editions had a little over a hundred. Andrea Alciato Alciato was born in Alzate near Milan. He is famed not only for his emblems but as a legal scholar.
Das Icon griech. In Alciatos Erstausgabe von wurden Holzschnitte unterschiedlicher Formate ohne besondere Seitengestaltung in den Textfluss eingegliedert. Zusammen mit Lemma und Epigramm nahmen sie in geschlossener typografischer Gestaltung jeweils eine Buchseite ein, sodass die Einheit der dreiteiligen Form des Emblems deutlich wurde. Theoretiker der Emblematik versuchten, die Entwicklung der Icones in bestimmte Richtungen zu lenken.