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Emblematics
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1. Concept

Emblematics includes all emblems present in literature and visual art. The emblem (German Emblem or, from the 17th century, Sinnbild), is a form of expression combining a text with an image. The type flourished between the 16th and 18th centuries (see below, 2.). Most frequently, the emblem in literature was threefold in structure, comprising a brief text motto (Latin lemma, inscriptio) and a pictura (Latin also i…

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Lutz, Bernd, “Emblematics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018720>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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