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Classical Rhetoric and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe (Paperback)
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Classical Rhetoric and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe (Paperback)

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Paperback 238 Pages / Published: 11/08/2014
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In this book, Caroline van Eck examines how rhetoric and the arts interacted in early modern Europe. She argues that rhetoric, though originally developed for persuasive speech, has always used the visual as an important means of persuasion, and hence offers a number of strategies and concepts for visual persuasion as well. The book is divided into three major sections - theory, invention, and design. Van Eck analyzes how rhetoric informed artistic practice, theory, and perception in early modern Europe. This is the first full-length study to look at the issue of visual persuasion in both architecture and the visual arts, and to investigate what roles rhetoric played in visual persuasion, both from the perspective of artists and that of viewers.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107687851
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 253 x 177 x 15 mm


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'This important new study draws on well-selected examples to explore the concepts derived from classical rhetoric in the arts and architecture of early modern Europe (15th-18th centuries).' American Journal of Archaeology
'Caroline Van Eck is well known and well respected for her studies in the history and theory of architecture. ... But here she cuts a wider swathe to include painting and sculpture in her examination of the role of rhetoric and the practices of classical rhetoric within what she calls the visual persuasion of the arts in Early Modern Europe. ... [An] intelligent and suggestive study.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
'This is a fundamental book on an important but elusive subject. The author examines how the arts of persuasive oratory, well-known through writings by Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, influenced the theory and practice of the visual arts and architecture in early modern Europe.' Renaissance Quarterly

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