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Making a Renaissance Book your Own: The Unique Copy of Alciato’s Emblems at Illinois

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Virtual
wifi event
Date
May 4, 2022   3:00 - 5:00 pm  
Speaker
Mara Wade
Registration
Registration
Contact
Carrie Lingscheit
E-Mail
carriel@illinois.edu
Phone
217-300-7564
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Join Professor Mara Wade as she explains the history and significance of emblem books, while showcasing a fascinating recent acquisition to the RBML collection.
 
The unique copy of Alciato’s emblems recently purchased by the University of Illinois offers a splendid example of social practices surrounding the emblem. Emblematum Liber was first published in Latin in 1531, and within a very short period of ca. 200 years, over 170 editions were published, including translations into French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Often seen as a form of intellectual recreation — a word and picture puzzle — the ideal emblem type has three parts: a motto, an enigmatic picture, and an epigram that leads the interpretation of the first two elements. Often scholars would translate emblems to sharpen their skills and as a form of entertainment, and the Illinois copy of Alciato’s Emblematum Liber offers valuable insights into the practice of translating emblems.
 
Tune in to the webinar to learn more! Please register here: go.illinois.edu/Emblem
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