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Pictorial propaganda
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1. Definition

Pictorial propaganda is propaganda using visual tools, that is, purposeful dissemination of concepts and ideas with the aid of images. The pictorial conception employs stylistic devices that effect “persuasion” alongside exaggerated praise (Rhetoric) but also caricature and satire.

Pictorial propaganda was widespread in the first centuries of the early modern period; the term itself, however, did not appear in scholarly literature until…

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Appuhn-Radtke, Sibylle, “Pictorial propaganda”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017639>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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