Thursday, May 10, 2007

Antoine Sucquet Emblems

Here's a selection of fantastic illustrations with all manner of demon from a book titled "Andächtige Gedancken zur Vermeidung des bösen und Vollbringung des guten aus dem Buch Weeg des ewigen Lebens" released in 1681. The best I could make out of that title from babelfish was "for the avoidance of the bad and achieving the good." I'll be posting more emblem related artworks this week that I've found at the incredible collection linked here.

And to better understand just what all these Emblem books I'm posting works from are about, here is a description of what an Emblem book is from Wikipedia... 'Emblem books are a particular style of illustrated book developed in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, normally containing about one hundred picture/text combinations. Each combination consisted of a woodcut or engraving accompanied by one or more short texts, intended to inspire their readers to reflect on a general moral lesson derived from the reading of both picture and text together"

Click the following numbers to see additional works from this book... 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
You can view the complete collection from this Emblem book here.

1 comment:

Paul Rumsey said...

An excellent book, "The Emblem" John Manning, Reaktion books, 150 illustrations, now in paperback.