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Picture description
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Since the 16th century, short descriptions of pictures have been an element of longer texts, especially those associated with early modern genres that constituted art discourse – that is, biographies, travel accounts (Travel literature), treatises on individual genres, catalogues raisonnés, and beginning in the 18th century, reviews of exhibitions, gallery newsletters, and catalogues of collections, as well as histories of art based on monumental art (Art theory), but also correspondence (Letter) and belles lettres. In the 17th century, picture descriptions also b…

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Rosenberg, Raphael, “Picture description”, 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_SIM_017626>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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