Claude Paradin: Devises Héroïques [Heroic Emblems] (912 words)

Marc-André Wiesmann (Skidmore College)
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Even if Claude Paradin (c. 1510–1573) was born in foothills of the Jura at Cuiseaux (Bourgogne), his ambitions and skills required the humanistic hub of Lyon as the competitive ground on which to thrive. A Renaissance innovator in the area of ekphrasis, in the preamble to his Devises heroïques (1557), Paradin elegantly articulates the theoretical function of a manual that combines woodcut images and familial mottoes. To wit, he explains the semiotic processing of a devise (a device or impresa), which is worn as a badge to indicate either the allegiance to or the possession of an individual or family and associates the visual (the domain of pictura) and the written (that of

Citation: Wiesmann, Marc-André. "Devises Héroïques". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2018 [, accessed 27 January 2022.]

38847 Devises Héroïques 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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