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Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address$
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Shira Brisman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226354750

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226354897.001.0001

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The Body of a Letter

The Body of a Letter

(p.13) Chapter One The Body of a Letter
Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address

Shira Brisman

University of Chicago Press

Chapter One begins with a close reading of the ten letters that Dürer, traveling in Venice in 1506, wrote to his friend Willibald Pirckheimer in Nuremberg. The chapter offers five claims about Dürer’s letters as the basis for investigating his pictorial strategies for audience address. Dürer’s use of the term “etc.,” his tabulation of the value of goods he has purchased, his tracking of previous letters sent, his initiation of communicative chains, and his refrain, “read this according to the sense,” are offered as guidelines for interpreting analogous pictorial strategies.

Keywords:   Albrecht Dürer, Venice, letters, Willibald Pirckheimer, value, exchange, market, prints, handwriting, Joseph Koerner

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