Symbols and Allegories in Art

Symbols and Allegories in Art



Matilde Battistini is an art critic and co-author, with Stefano Zuffi, of Picasso: L'opera di un genio and La Natura Morta.

From antiquity, when the gods and goddesses were commonly featured in works of art, through the twentieth century, when Surrealists drew on archetypes from the unconscious, artists have embedded symbols in their works. As with previous volumes in the Guide to Imagery series, the goal of Symbols and Allegories in Art is to provide contemporary readers and museum visitors with the tools to read the hidden meanings in works of art.

Symbols and Allegories in Art is thematically divided into four sections featuring symbols related to time, man, space (earth and sky), and allegories or moral lessons. Readers will learn, for instance, that night, the primordial mother of the cosmos, was often portrayed in ancient art as a woman wrapped in a black veil, whereas day or noon was often represented in Renaissance art as a strong, virile man, evoking the full manifestation of the sun's energy.

Each entry in Symbols and Allegories in Art contains a main reference image in which details of the symbol or allegory being analyzed are called out for discussion. In the margin, for quick access by the reader, is a summary of the essential characteristics of the symbol in question, the derivation of its name, and the religious tradition from which it springs.

Product Code 1024343
author Matilde Battistini
ISBN 9780892368181
colour illustrations 400
Dimensions 20.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
format Paperback
GTIN 9780892368181
pages 384
published May 2005
publisher Getty Publications
Dimensions 14 X 20.1 X 2.3 cm
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