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Mr Sparrow traces the development of the inscription as a literary form in Renaissance and post-Renaissance Europe. He defines the 'literary' inscription as 'a text composed with a view to its being presented in lines of different lengths, the lineation contributing to or enhancing the meaning, so that someone who does not see it, actually or in the mind's eye, but only hears it read aloud, misses something of the intended effect'. Mr Sparrow attributes the Renaissance concern with the visual presentation of words to the profound interest in epigraphy aroused by the rediscovery of classical inscriptions. This interest was felt mainly by scholars and writers, but it extended to architects, painters, sculptors and designers of monuments - all of whom incorporated inscriptions in their work.
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- Date Published: February 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521136655
- length: 172 pages
- dimensions: 279 x 210 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
1. The evolution of the inscription
2. The inscription in Renaissance works of art
3. The inscription as a literary form
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