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Hollow Men: Writing, Objects, and Public Image in Renaissance Italy

Susan Gaylard


Hollow Men analyzes texts and art objects from the late 14th to the late 16th centuries to show that Renaissance theories of emulating classical heroes generated a deep skepticism about representation, as these theories forced men to construct a public image that seemed fixed but could adapt to changing circumstances. The book shows that writers and their patrons appropriated objects to create a public image that would be both fixed and adaptable: a paradox deriving from ideals of exemplary imitation, which taught that an educated man must emulate the ancients to present a coherent identity a ... More

Keywords: exemplar, imitation, subjectivity, interiority, monument, portrait, pose, emblem, print, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251742
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Gaylard, author
University of Washington