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Memorial art
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1. Concept

Memorial art of the early modern period comprised works of figural art – paintings, graphics, sculptures, architecture –, music, literature, and performing art that served the commemoration (Latin memoria) of a deceased person (Commemoration of the dead). Such works differed in religious or liturgical, social, and historiographic function depending on period [6]. In a broader sense, memorial art denotes objects that preserve people and events in the memory of a…

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Zerbe, Doreen, “Memorial art”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031071>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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