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The Reception of the Printed Image in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Multiplied and Modified

ISBN 9780367465117
Published September 2, 2020 by Routledge
324 Pages 28 Color & 106 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the early development of the graphic arts from the perspectives of material things, human actors and immaterial representations while broadening the geographic field of inquiry to Central Europe and the British Isles and considering the reception of the prints on other continents.

The role of human actors proves particularly prominent, i.e. the circumstances that informed creators’, producers’, owners’ and beholders’ motivations and responses. Certainly, such a complex relationship between things, people and images is not an exclusive feature of the pre-modern period’s print cultures. However, the rise of printmaking challenged some established rules in the arts and visual realms and thus provides a fruitful point of departure for further study of the development of the various functions and responses to printed images in the sixteenth century.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, print history, book history and European studies.

The introduction of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license at

Table of Contents

Introduction: People Between Multiplied Things and Modified Images

Part 1: Things

1. Multiplicity and Absence: The Negative Evidence of Interactive Prints

Suzanne Karr Schmidt

2. Playing with Destiny: Three Late Fifteenth-Century Uncut Playing-Card Sheets from Florence and Urbino

Loretta Vandi

3. Cultivating Designs: Early Ornamental Prints and Creative Reproduction

James Wehn

4. Gillet and Germain Hardouyn’s Print-Assisted Paintings: Prints as Underdrawings in Sixteenth-Century French Books of Hours

Maureen Warren

5. A Passion for Prints: Netherlandish Engravings in an Early Sixteenth-Century Prayer Book

Olenka Horbatsch

Part 2: People

6. Eroticism under a Watchful Eye: Censorship and Alteration of Woodcuts in Ovid’s Metamorphoses between the Fifteenth and the Sixteenth Centuries 

Giuseppe Capriotti

7. Limitations of the Reception and Consumption of Illustrations in Chronica Polonorum by Maciej of Miechów (Cracow, 1521)

Karolina Mroziewicz

8. A Foreign Affair. Thomas Gemini and his Booklet of Moresque Designs 

Femke Speelberg

9. Speaking Images and Speaking to the Images: Inscriptions in Religious Prints Published by Antonio Lafreri 

Alexandra Kocsis

Part 3: Images

10. Saint George from Greater Poland: Complexities of the Reception of Albrecht Dürer’s Engraving 

Joanna Sikorska

11. Changing Fortunes: Dürer’s Nemesis and the Beham Brothers 

Małgorzata Łazicka

12. The Set of the Four Elements by Hendrick Goltzius and the Use of Engravings in the Seventeenth Century

Júlia Tátrai

13. Different Confessions, Different Visions of Heaven? Visual Eschatology, Cross-Confessional Conformity and Confessional Identity Marking in the Picture Motet The Adoration of the Lamb and in Its Reception 

András Hándl

14. Prints and the Beginnings of Global Imagery 

Jean Michel Massing

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Grazyna Jurkowlaniec is a professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw.

Magdalena Herman is a PhD candidate at the University of Warsaw.


"Our editors deserve praise for compiling an engaging set of essays, carefully grouped for thematic unity. Topics address prints across Europe. The pool of contributors is correspondingly diverse, introducing many new voices from central and eastern Europe."

--Historians of Netherlandish Art Reviews