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Nature and Its Symbols (Guide to Imagery)

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Publisher Comments:

"Nature and Its Symbols is the fifth volume in the series A Guide to Imagery, reference guides whose goal is to explain the symbols used in art. This volume includes chapters on plants, flowers, fruits, and animals of the earth, air, and water, as well as fantastical creatures such as centaurs, griffons, and dragons. The vivid illustrations, which include paintings and tapestries from some of the world's premier museums, are accompanied by texts that offer careful analyses of the artists' depictions of the natural world. Each entry discusses the symbolic significance of the particular plant, fruit, or animal portrayed, its mythic or literary origins, and the episodes or individuals associated with it. These salient points are also called out in summary form within each entry, making the information easily accessible. The reader discovers, for example, that the iris can represent Jesus or the purity of the Virgin Mary as well as the kings of France or the city of Florence. The monkey, which can be symbolic of the devil, heresy, or bad temper, is also associated with the three wise men who traveled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus. By bringing to life the natural world as portrayed in art, this book will surely be an indispensable resource for museum visitors, art lovers, and students.

Review:

"Following up on four previous titles explaining mythological and biblical iconography in paintings, the latest in the Getty's superb series does not disappoint. The myriad plants, flowers, fruits, animals (land, flying and aquatic) and 'Creatures of the Imagination' that appear in medieval and Renaissance painting all have symbolic meanings; Impelluso devotes chapters to each of those categories, further dividing them by object: everything from quinces, myrtle and hyacinth to snakes, grasshoppers, sphinxes and harpies get their due. Impelluso (Gods and Heroes in Art) identifies their prominent appearances in various masterworks and explains their varying significances. Most of the reproductions are centered on the page, with small blocks of text surrounding them, with unobtrusive lines connecting the text to the actual objects it describes. It works beautifully, making the often ignored, busy backgrounds of many less-discussed works — like Lucas Cranach the Elder's The Virgin Under the Apple Tree and Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine — come alive with meaning. (Dec. 1) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

This attractive small volume provides students and other art lovers with an accessible guide to the symbolism associated with plants, fruits, insects, flowers, fantastic creatures, animals of the sea, and animals of the land. In addition to an explanation of the symbol's meanings, each entry features several works of art, beautifully reproduced in color plates, with lines connecting the symbol in the painting to an accompanying explanation. The works selected are mainly European paintings from the 14th-17th centuries.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892367726
Author:
Impelluso, Lucia
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Translator:
Sartarelli, Stephen
Author:
Sartarelli, Stephen
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Animals in art
Subject:
History - Symbolism
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History
Subject:
Art -- Themes, motives.
Subject:
Art/Reference
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Guide to Imagery Series
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
400
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Following up on four previous titles explaining mythological and biblical iconography in paintings, the latest in the Getty's superb series does not disappoint. The myriad plants, flowers, fruits, animals (land, flying and aquatic) and 'Creatures of the Imagination' that appear in medieval and Renaissance painting all have symbolic meanings; Impelluso devotes chapters to each of those categories, further dividing them by object: everything from quinces, myrtle and hyacinth to snakes, grasshoppers, sphinxes and harpies get their due. Impelluso (Gods and Heroes in Art) identifies their prominent appearances in various masterworks and explains their varying significances. Most of the reproductions are centered on the page, with small blocks of text surrounding them, with unobtrusive lines connecting the text to the actual objects it describes. It works beautifully, making the often ignored, busy backgrounds of many less-discussed works — like Lucas Cranach the Elder's The Virgin Under the Apple Tree and Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine — come alive with meaning. (Dec. 1) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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