New Book | Prints in Translation, 1450–1750

Posted in books by Editor on November 3, 2016

From Routledge:

Suzanne Karr Schmidt and Edward Wouk, eds., Prints in Translation, 1450–1750: Image, Materiality, Space (New York: Routledge, 2016), 252 pages, ISBN: 978-1472480125, $150.

41jguxvrzul-_sx351_bo1204203200_Printed artworks were often ephemeral, but in the early modern period, exchanges between print and other media were common, setting off chain reactions of images and objects that endured. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, musical or scientific instruments, and armor exerted their own influence on prints, while prints provided artists with paper veneers, templates, and sources of adaptable images. This interdisciplinary collection unites scholars from different fields of art history who elucidate the agency of prints on more traditionally valued media, and vice-versa. Contributors explore how, after translations across traditional geographic, temporal, and material boundaries, original ‘meanings’ may be lost, reconfigured, or subverted in surprising ways, whether a Netherlandish motif graces a cabinet in Italy or the print itself, colored or copied, is integrated into the calligraphic scheme of a Persian royal album. These intertwined relationships yield unexpected yet surprisingly prevalent modes of perception. Andrea Mantegna’s 1470/1500 Battle of the Sea Gods, an engraving that emulates the properties of sculpted relief, was in fact reborn as relief sculpture, and fabrics based on print designs were reapplied to prints, returning color and tactility to the very objects from which the derived. Together, the essays in this volume witness a methodological shift in the study of print, from examining the printed image as an index of an absent invention in another medium—a painting, sculpture, or drawing—to considering its role as a generative, active agent driving modes of invention and perception far beyond the locus of its production.

Suzanne Karr Schmidt is Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Edward H. Wouk is Lecturer in European Art, 1400–1800, at The University of Manchester.

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List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

1  Edward Wouk, Toward an Anthropology of Print
2  Alexandra Onuf, From Print to Paint and Back Again: Painting Practices and Print Culture in Early Modern Antwerp
3  Lelia Packer, Prints as Paintings: Willem van de Velde the Elder (1611–1693) and Dutch Pen Painting, circa 1650–65
4  Freyda Spira, Between Paper and Sword: Daniel Hopfer and the Translation of Etching in Reformation Augsburg
5  Jonathan Tavares, Hunting Erotica: Print Culture and a Seventeenth-Century Rifle in the Collection of the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt
6  Patricia Simons, Mantegna’s Battle of the Sea Gods: The Material and Thematic Interaction of Print and Sculpture
7  Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Making Time and Space: Collecting Early Modern Printed Instruments
8  David Pullins, The State of the Fashion Plate, circa 1727: Historicizing Fashion Between ‘Dressed Prints’ and Dezallier’s Recueils
9  Arthur J. DiFuria, The Concettismo of Triumph: Maerten van Heemskerck’s Victories of Charles V and Remembering Spanish Omnipotence in a Late Sixteenth-Century Writing Cabinet
10 Stephanie Porras, St. Michael the Archangel: Spiritual, Visual, and Material Translations from Antwerp to Lima
11  Yael Rice, Lines of Perception: European Prints and the Mughal Kitābkhāna




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