The vivid illustrations, which include paintings and tapestries from some of the world's premier museums, are accompanied by texts that offer a careful analysis 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 travelled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus.
Lucia Impelluso is an architect and the author of Themes, Meanings, Symbols in Portraitureand Gods and Heroes in Art.
|Ezt keresi?||Korszakok, stílusok|
|Múzeumi kollekciók||Szépművészeti Múzeum|
|Oldalszám és illusztrációk||384 pages, 400 color illustrations|
|Sorozatcím||Guide to Imagery|