Parution : Grażyna Jurkowlaniec et Magdalena Herman, The Reception of the Printed Image in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, Londres, Routledge, 2020

This book examines the early development of the graphic arts from the perspectives of material things, human actors and immaterial representations while broadening the geographic field of inquiry to Central Europe and the British Isles and considering the reception of the prints on other continents.

The role of human actors proves particularly prominent, i.e. the circumstances that informed creators’, producers’, owners’ and beholders’ motivations and responses. Certainly, such a complex relationship between things, people and images is not an exclusive feature of the pre-modern period’s print cultures. However, the rise of printmaking challenged some established rules in the arts and visual realms and thus provides a fruitful point of departure for further study of the development of the various functions and responses to printed images in the sixteenth century.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, print history, book history and European studies.

Grażyna Jurkowlaniec is a professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw.

Magdalena Herman is a PhD candidate at the University of Warsaw.

 

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