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Print Culture in Early Modern France

Print Culture in Early Modern France
Abraham Bosse and the Purposes of Print

  • Date Published: February 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139211420

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  • In this book, Carl Goldstein examines the print culture of seventeenth-century France through a study of the career of Abraham Bosse, a well-known printmaker, book illustrator, and author of books and pamphlets on a variety of technical subjects. The consummate print professional, Bosse persistently explored the endless possibilities of print – single-sheet prints combining text and image, book illustration, broadsides, placards, almanacs, theses, and pamphlets. Bosse had a profound understanding of print technology as a fundamental agent of change. Unlike previous studies, which have largely focused on the printed word, this book demonstrates the extent to which the contributions of an individual printmaker and the visual image are fundamental to understanding the nature and development of early modern print culture.

    • Includes little-known and astonishing images bringing seventeenth-century France to life
    • A book for art historians, and scholars in French history, culture and literature
    • Shows the beginnings of what we today call mass media
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    "… this book will certainly fill a gap in the literature and be of use to students of art history."
    Sheila McTighe, Renaissance Quarterly

    "Through a general presentation of Bosse's œuvre, Carl Goldstein has sought to convey the vitality and the artistic, intellectual and cultural vigor of engraved art illustration in the early seventeenth century. He has sought range rather than depth, and description through a taxonomy of all the themes and genres in which Bosse worked. No subject would have served his purpose better than Bosse's life and work."
    Orest Ranum, Emeritus Professor of History, The Johns Hopkins University

    "Bosse was 'a consummate print professional' who was remarkable for "his persistent and sustained interrogation of the seemingly endless possibilities of print" … this monograph goes beyond an assessment of the work of one Huguenot artist to look at his wider significance for the print culture of early modern France."
    The Huguenot Society Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139211420
    • contains: 60 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. A printmaking revolution
    2. Scenes of everyday life
    3. Drama, theater, and prints
    4. Contingencies and contradictions
    5. A royal portrait
    6. Image and text: reading single-sheet prints
    7. Book illustrations
    8. Books and pamphlets.

  • Author

    Carl Goldstein, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    Carl Goldstein is a professor of art at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Kress Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the Philosophical Society of America. He has published widely, including Visual Fact over Verbal Fiction: A Study of the Carracci and the Theory, Criticism, and Practice of Painting in Renaissance and Baroque Italy and Teaching Art: Academies and Schools from Vasari to Albers.

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