Renæssanceforum 6 • 2010

Nienke Tjoelker
Jesuit Image Rhetoric in Latin and the Vernacular: The Latin and Dutch emblems of the Imago Primi Saeculi

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The genre of the emblem was very suitable for the Jesuits in the Early-Modern period. In the Imago Primi Saeculi and its Dutch adaptation the Afbeeldinghe, emblems are used for the celebration of the first centenary of the Society. Analysis of the intentions of the authors shows how emblems fit in the purposes of the publication of these books. A case-study of one particular emblem shows that both the Latin and the vernacular version of this book use emblems as rhetorical instruments for a persuasive Jesuit propaganda, each in a different way.