Parution: Walter S. Melion, Bret Rothstein and Michel Weemans, « The Anthropomorphic Lens. Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism and Analogy in Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts », Brill, November 2014


« The Anthropomorphic Lens

Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism and Analogy in

Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts »

Edited by Walter S. Melion, Bret Rothstein and Michel Weemans


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· November 2014
· ISBN: 9789004261709
· Hardback
· List price: €150.- / $194.-
· Language: English
· Intersections, 34
· Imprint: BRILL



Anthropomorphism – the projection of the human form onto the every aspect of the world – closely relates to early modern notions of analogy and microcosm. What had been construed in Antiquity as a ready metaphor for the order of creation was reworked into a complex system relating the human body to the body of the world. Numerous books and images – cosmological diagrams, illustrated treatises of botany and zoology, maps, alphabets, collections of ornaments, architectural essays – are entirely constructed on the anthropomorphic analogy. Exploring the complexities inherent in such work, the interdisciplinary essays in this volume address how the anthropomorphic model is fraught with contradictions and tensions, between magical and rational, speculative and practical thought.





Michel Weemans, Bertrand Prévost, Introduction.

Anne-Laure van Bruaene, Revolting Beasts. Animal Satire and Animal Trials in the Dutch Revolt.

Christina Normore, Monkey in the Middle.

Paul J. Smith, Landscape and Body in Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel.

Miya Tokumitsu, The Migrating Cannibal. Anthropophagy at Home and at the Edge of the World ».

Nathalie de Brézé, Picturing the Soul, Living and Departed.

Marisa Bass, Patience Grows. The First Roots of Joris Hoefnagel’s Emblematic Art.

Aneta Georgievska-Shine, The Album amicorum and the Kaleidoscope of the Self. Notes on the Friendship Book of Jacob Heyblocq.

Pamela Merrill Brekka, Picturing the ‘Living’ Tabernacle in the Antwerp Polyglot Bible.

Sarah R. Kyle, A New Heraldry. Vision and Rhetoric in the Carrara Herbal.

Elke Anna Werner, Anthropomorphic Maps. On the Aesthetic Form and Political Function of Body Metaphors in the Early Modern Europe Discourse.

Ralph Dekoninck, Between Fiction and Reality. The Image Body in the Early Modern Theory of the Symbol.

Walter S. Melion, Prodigies of Nature, Wonders of the Hand: Political Portents and Divine Artifice in Haarlem ca. 1600.

Elizabeth J. Petcu, Anthropomorphizing the Orders. ‘Terms’ of Architectural Eloquence in the Northern Renaissance.

Bertrand Prévost, Visage-paysage. Problème de peinture.

Christopher P. Heuer, Nobody’s Bruegel.

Larry Silver, Morbid Fascination. Death by Bruegel.

Bret Rothstein, Jan van Hemessen’s Anatomy
of Parody.

Michel Weemans, The Smoke of Sacrifice. Anthropomorphism and Figure in Karel van Mallery’s Sacrifice of Cain and Abel for Louis Richeome’s Tableaux sacrez (1601).



Marie Piccoli-Wentzo

Marie Piccoli-Wentzo est doctorante en histoire de l'art moderne à l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ses recherches portent sur l'image du désert dans l'art italien de la fin de l'époque médiévale et du début des temps modernes (XIVe-XVIe siècle).

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