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Allegory (National Gallery Pocket Guides)

by Erika Langmuir

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A visit to an art gallery specialising in European art - especially one with such a wide-ranging collection as the National Gallery, London - soon reveals that Old Master paintings  fall into distinct types such as portraits, landscapes and still lifes, or the broad category of religious images.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300073208, Paperback)

Painters in the past and commercial artists in our own day have relied on allegory to create "message pictures." This book illustrates and explains the main types of visual allegory in Western art and the contexts in which they were originally created and viewed.

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"When we say that Love is blind' or Time flies' - making concepts sound like living beings - we are using the language of allegory. Painters have long relied on allegory to create message pictures'. Once thought to rival literary works or political oratory in influence and prestige, such paintings, with their references to ancient myth, the Bible or astrology, all too often puzzle modern viewers. This book explains types of visual allegory in Western art, and the contexts in which they were originally created and viewed, through some of the most beautiful and intriguing pictures in the National Gallery, London."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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Yale University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300073208, 1857094859

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