||Abstract: Although usually approached as a genre on its own, the emblem is hardly ever the result of an
integrated composition of its textual and visual parts. It is this fragmented production
process that guids the analysis of the poetical principle of imitation in the emblems of
Andrea Alciato, Achille Bocchi and Joannes Sambucus in this article. [...] Both Bocchi
and Sambucus subsequently imitated Alciato's emblematic form of motto, pictura,
and epigram, but they each developed the principle in different ways. In many concrete
instances, their direct model was not Alciato, but the rich tradition of classical
literature in general.