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Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address
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Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address

Shira Brisman

Abstract

Art historians have long looked to letters to secure biographical information, affirm patronage patterns, and establish the identity of an artist as a modern, self-aware individual. But letters are also objects that endure episodes of travel, and are sometimes rerouted to reach readerships that far exceed the scope of their initial intent. As agents of communication, letters are uniquely poised to provide analogies for how works of art address their audiences. In a period before the establishment of a reliable public postal system, handwritten correspondences faced interception and delay. The ... More

Keywords: Albrecht Dürer, prints, letters, writing, handwriting, author, audience, address, postal system, communication, German, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226354750
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226354897.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shira Brisman, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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