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The concept of style as developed in ancient rhetoric remained present throughout the European Middle Ages. The word derives from the Latin stilus (way of writing; originally “stylus” for writing). Beginning in the 15th century, the reception of classical antiquity in Renaissance Humanism also made style, in the sense of a totality of formal qualities, a subject of increasing interest in art, literature, and music (Antiquity, reception of). The term describes formal qualities as …

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Weissert, Caecilie, Löffler, Jörg, Noeske, Nina and Reichmuth, Stefan, “Style”, 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 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028286>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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