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 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38847, accessed 15 August 2020.]

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