This essay examines the collision of Renaissance narrative or historia in the visual arts and the eyewitnessed event and the pressure put on that convergence by the dissemination of the latter in the new print media. The example discussed here is the Council of Trent, a storyless but signal event that conformed with difficulty to an ideal “historia,” and one that was often depicted after eyewitnessed scenes of the event had already been disseminated in engravings. The veracity of the scene captured in a print created new chains of media: prints led to paintings, and to more prints, and images led to written history, rather than vice versa.
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Research Article| February 01 2019
Eyewitnessed Historia and the Renaissance Media Revolution: Visual Histories of the Council of Trent
Representations (2019) 145 (1): 55–79.
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Evonne Levy; Eyewitnessed Historia and the Renaissance Media Revolution: Visual Histories of the Council of Trent. Representations 1 February 2019; 145 (1): 55–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2019.145.1.55
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