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What the Papers Say. By Alexander Roob

Alongside the beginnings of modern journalism, the use of illustration in the press developed gradually in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, during the Wars of Religion and the Age of Enlightenment. It was a genuinely democratic art form, and also developed as a complement to the academic styles of high art. As such its place was not in the sacred temple of the Muses or the salons of the elite, but in the public space, the domain of the res publica. However, before the works of graphic artists could appear in news kiosks or on billboards, the restrictions of taxation and censorship had first to be overcome, as well as obstacles to distribution, and these struggles would last several decades.

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