Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe by Timothy McCall
(Early Modern Studies, Vol. 11) (Early Modern Studies (Truman State Univ Pr))

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Secrets in all their variety permeated early modern Europe, from the whispers of ambassadors at court to the emphatically publicized books of home remedies that flew from presses and booksellers’ shops. This interdisciplinary volume draws on approaches from art history and cultural studies to investigate the manifestations of secrecy in printed books and drawings, staircases and narrative paintings, ecclesiastical furnishings and engravers’ tools. Topics include how patrons of art and architecture deployed secrets to construct meanings and distinguish audiences, and how artists and patrons manipulated the content and display of the subject matter of artworks to create an aura of exclusive access and privilege. Essays examine the ways in which popes and princes skillfully deployed secrets in works of art to maximize social control, and how artists, printers, and folk healers promoted their wares through the impression of valuable, mysterious knowledge.
The authors contributing to the volume represent both established authorities in their field as well as emerging voices. This volume will have wide appeal for historians, art historians, and literary scholars, introducing readers to a fascinating and often unexplored component of early modern culture.

About Timothy McCall

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Timothy McCall is assistant professor of art history at Villanova University, Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in Renaissance Studies and Studies in Iconography.          Sean Roberts is assistant professor in art history at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography.          Giancarlo Fiorenza is associate professor in art and design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the author of Dosso Dossi: Paintings of Myth, Magic, and the Antique.
Published April 1, 2013 by Truman State University Press. 300 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction