Synopses & Reviews
Every picture tells a story"--but for many of us the subjects and themes of the great paintings of Western art are something of a mystery. The Museum Companion unravels the legends and symbolism behind many of the most popular and frequently painted figures. What is in Pandora's box? What are the Greek and Roman names for the ancient gods? Why does St. Catherine have a wheel by her side, and St. Jerome a lion? Beautifully illustrated with works by great artists, and containing descriptions of over 150 figures, The Museum Companion includes a Classical section that details the characters from the myths and histories of ancient Greece and Rome, and a Biblical and Religious section that describes figures from the Old and New Testaments as well as later saints. This handy, affordable, pocket-sized book will be indispensable to all those seeking to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of Western art.