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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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(p.133) Chapter Five Interception
Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address

Shira Brisman

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Five considers how the imagery of message-sending was adopted, in the early sixteenth century, by prints that figured contemporary Humanists—such as Erasmus of Rotterdam—in the guise of letter-writing saints. This chapter proposes the condition of interception, in which private letters were brought to press, as a context in which to consider Dürer’s engraved portraits of his contemporaries. These images announce themselves as faithful representations at the same time that they allude proleptically to their already obsolescent resemblance to their prototypes.

Keywords:   Albrecht Dürer, Erasmus, portraits, Humanism, Martin Luther, Reformation, engraving, Albrecht of Brandenburg, Philipp Melanchthon

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