Item Number: 118746
Title: Il libro dei simboli : Scoprire il significato delle opere d'arte
Author: Battistini, Matilde ; Lucia Impelluso
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Description: Milano: Electa, 2012. 24cm., pbk., 504pp. illus., most in color. Italian text. Summary: What is the meaning of that goldfinch in young St John's hand in Raphael's painting? And the coral around Jesus' neck in Piero della Francesca's Madonna di Senigallia? Why did Van Dyck paint a sunflower in his self-portrait? Not to mention the Sphynx attaching itself to Oedipus in Gustave Moreau's painting. Western art is full of symbols drawn from knowledge about the past. The knowledge of how to interpret these symbols has often been lost, yet they have been handed down and entered the studios of artists through the ages. Over the centuries, painters and sculptors have used countless cultural references to convey particular meanings: from the mythology and philosophy of the classical world to the cults of the east, from the Christian tradition to the doctrines of alchemy and other esoteric spheres. Organized according to theme - Time, Man, The Seasons, Allegories, Space, Plants, Flowers and Fruits, and Animals - the book offers its readers the tools for finding their way in the world of images through a vast choice of iconographic themes and motifs from different periods. At the same time, an analysis of each work enables us to understand the meaning concealed by the artist behind objects and gestures, with several delightful surprises for the modern reader. (I Dizionari dell'Arte. ^Forthcoming^)
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