Monday, April 26, 2010

Emblem Books

University of Glasgow Library has launched a new resource on Emblem Books. An Emblem is a symbolic picture with accompanying text, of a type which developed in the sixteenth century and enjoyed an enormous vogue for the next 200 years or more, when several thousand emblem books issued from printing presses throughout Europe. Along with personal imprese-devices that expressed the values or aspirations of a particular individual rather than a general moral-emblems communicate moral, political, or religious values in ways that have to be decoded by the viewer.
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