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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 Message in Transit

The Message in Transit

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(p.45) Chapter Two The Message in Transit
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Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address
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Shira Brisman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226354897.003.0003

Describing the official postal system established by emperor Maximilian I in 1490, Chapter Two argues that in the earliest decades of the imperial postal system, the representation of messengers called attention to the shifting loci of authority and to the means and efficacies by which art could serve as a bearer of overt and furtive messages. This chapter explores the notion of transit through the iconography of the horse in prints that circulated around northern Europe.

Keywords:   Albrecht Dürer, Maximilian I, imperial, emperor, postal system, prints, horse, Knight, Death, and the Devil, rhinoceros, travel

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