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Symbols and Allegories in Artby Mathilde Battistini
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From antiquity, when the gods and goddesses were commonly featured in works of art, through to 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 this book is to provide contemporary readers and museum visitors with the tools to read the hidden meanings in works of art.
This latest volume is divided thematically 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 the book 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.
Book News Annotation:
The multivalent, often confusing meanings assigned to symbols in western art are described in word and image in this useful guide. The history and meanings of each symbol are described in several paragraphs, accompanied by full-page color plates of works of art with descriptive captions for that symbol and others. The art works are mainly paintings from the Baroque period and earlier. Indexes are included for symbols, allegories, and artists. A bibliography is provided. This edition is a translation of the 2002 original, which was published in Italian by Mondadori.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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About the Author
Matilde Battistini is an art critic and author, along with Stefano Zuffi, of Picasso, L'opera di un genio and La Natura Morta.
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