Editions on CD:


• Corpus of Spanish Emblem Books

• The Golden Age of European Emblematics

• Emblems of Wither & Rollenhagen

• Alciato, Emblemata. Critical Edition

• Emblems of the Society of Jesus

• Renaissance Books of Imprese

• Baroque Repertories of Imprese


• Hieroglyphics

• Animal Symbolism

• Mythographies


• Renaissance Numismatics

• Complete Works of Hubert Goltzius

proverbial wisdom

• Erasmus’ Adagia. Versions and Sources


• Covarrubias, Tesoro de la lengua española

complete works

• Baltasar Gracián

Treasures of Kalocsa

• Book of Psalms
MS 382, c. 1438


7. Baroque Repertories of Imprese

THIS CD IS PRESENTED as a continuation of the one dedicated to the Renaissance impresa. The invention of imprese had become an exercising of wit linked to the development of the art of the literary conceit: the yoking of a symbolic image and a witty sentence provoked a response of admiration and wonder, and, as the Baroque theory of metaphor advocated, the impresa also achieved a level of knowledge superior to that allowed to everyday language. The genre thus extends beyond the Renaissance into the Baroque, adapting itself to the new aesthetic demands. But, above all, the Baroque transition consisted of bringing together, and trying to classify and comment on the immense corpus of available imprese, as can be seen in this CD.

Well into the seventeenth century, the works of Menestrier or, more concretely, that of Filippo Picinelli, had already become exhaustive repertories, of overwhelming richness and erudition, immersed in the purest Baroque world vision. The publication of these two authors alone would justify the existence of the CD. However, lesser-known works are no less important, such as those by Strada, the first of the great collections of the Baroque spirit, those of Ferro and Palatius, with their abundant commentaries, or the eighteenth-century treasure-house of symbols, Roth-Scholtz. Thus, with the works published together here for the first time, the reader has available a global vision of the genre, and, along with the CD of Renaissance imprese, within easy reach, the entire history of each impresa, each motto and each image.

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Titles included:

• Strada, Ottaviano, Symbola divina & humana pontificum, imperatorum, regum, I-III (Prague 1601-1603)
• Ferro, Giovanni, Teatro d’imprese (Venice 1623)
• Picinelli, Filippo, Mundus symbolicus (Venice 1678, Italian; Cologne 1687, Latin)
• Menestrier, Claude François (S.J.), Philosophia imaginum (Paris 1682, French; Amsterdam 1695, Latin)
• Apelles symbolicus I-II (Amsterdam 1699)
• Devises et emblèmes anciennes et modernes, oder Emblematisches Gemüth-Vereinigung (Augsburg 1695)
• Symbola et emblemata jussu atque auspiciis Czaris Petri totius Rossiae (Amsterdam 1705)
• Roth-Scholtz, Friedrich, Thesaurus symbolorum ac emblematum, id est Insignia bibliopolarum et typographorum ab incunabulis typographiae ad nostra usque tempora (Nuremberg 1730)


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Sancho Panza and the Turtle

An Encounter with the Inquisition

Phoenix on the top of the palm tree

Canis reversus

His Master’s Voice

Virgil’s best verse

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• Bibliography of Hispanic Emblematics

• Horapollo, Hieroglyphica 1547

• Alciato, Emblemata 1531

• The Album Amicorum of Franciscus Pápai Páriz

• Ludovicus Carbo, De Mathiae regis rebus gestis (c. 1473-75)

• Epistolary of Pedro de Santacilia y Pax

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Texts and Studies of Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature