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An Errant EyePoetry and Topography in Early Modern France$
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Tom Conley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669646

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669646.001.0001

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A Landscape of Emblems: Corrozet and Holbein

A Landscape of Emblems: Corrozet and Holbein

(p.81) 3 A Landscape of Emblems: Corrozet and Holbein
An Errant Eye

Tom Conley

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines emblems made by Giles Corrozet and Hans Holbein which correlate local and total space. It looks into two questions they raise about the nature of extension: What is the propensity of the emblem book to ask its readers who gaze upon it to wonder how and where they are situated in the world, and how does it inspire admiration and disquiet; and in what way does the emblem book inspire a sense of tact and tactility and of propriety and property, to the degree that ownership and commercial speculation become part and parcel of its landscapes? The works of Corrozet, whether his book of emblems, the Hécatomgraphie, his collaboration with Holbein that yielded Les simulachres, or even his two volumes of Fables translated from Aesop are pertinent as they are nonetheless open to reading that can go both heavenward and back down to earth.

Keywords:   Giles Corrozet, Hans Holbein, Hécatomgraphie, Les simulachres, Fables, total space, extension, emblem book, tactility

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