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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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Dürer’s Open Letter

Dürer’s Open Letter

(p.157) Chapter Six Dürer’s Open Letter
Albrecht Dürer and the Epistolary Mode of Address

Shira Brisman

University of Chicago Press

The final chapter explores the arrival of the open letter in print. This literary and technological innovation influenced how artists conceived of new compositional and iconographical strategies for addressing the public. Dürer’s Four Apostles, a painting he dedicated to the members of the Nuremberg city council in 1526, is here described as a personal message sent by the artist to a restricted audience and one that imaginatively conceives of itself as an address to the Christian community at large.

Keywords:   Albrecht Dürer, open letter, newspaper, Reformation, women, Four Apostles, Nuremberg, city council, printing press, public sphere

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