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6 Patience Grows: The First Roots of Joris Hoefnagel’s Emblematic Art

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This chapter reconstitutes Patience as foundational to Joris Hoefnagel's creative endeavor and engagement with the natural world. Through an anthropomorphic approach to the figure of Patience, Hoefnagel speaks not in abstract allegorical terms but in those of lived experience. Hoefnagel's interpretation of patience as a theme, beginning with the volume's first drawing, also stands out from other visual personifications of the virtue produced in the sixteenth-century Netherlands within the context of the reform movement. Throughout the twenty-three drawings in the volume, Hoefnagel's emblematic representations of patience alternate between the external world of nature and the internal world of the city. These two categories - the landscape and the urban vista - would have resonated for Hoefnagel and Johannes Radermacher with the actual lived environment of their hometown of Antwerp, a once-burgeoning mercantile center surrounded by productive farmland and gentrified suburbs.

Keywords: emblematic art; Johannes Radermacher; Joris Hoefnagel; patience; sixteenth-century Netherlands



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