Shira Brisman spoke at the Seminar in Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Her talk was entitled “Relay and Delay: Triumphal Processions in the Era of the Post.”



The production of the Triumphal Procession, a fictive parade envisioned over a sequence of more than a hundred woodblocks, relied on an efficient postal system to deliver communications between the project’s advisors, artists, and the sovereign who commissioned it, Maximilian I. Designs and directives traveled between collaborators in disparate locations and an emperor who was on the move. These correspondences offer patterns of connectivity, anxieties about security and delay, and evidence of the relationship between vision and realization. This talk proposed a method for reading letters—documents once in transit—alongside the images of the Triumphal Procession they aimed to produce. What emerged are several ways in which the concept of “mobility” might be attached to prints that depict motion, are comprised of separable parts, and contain visual triggers that mobilize the mind of the viewer to move beyond what is presented on the page.