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Allegory and the migration of symbols

By: Wittkower, Rudolph
Material type: TextTextLondon/New York Thames and Hudson c1977Description: 223p.; illus.; bibliog. notes; indexContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 0-500-27470-3Subject(s): Symbolism | Art and history | Symbolism of Eagle | Symbolism of Snake | Symbolism of Monsters | Marco Polo | Roc (In Religion, Folklore, etc.) | Chance | Time | Virtue | Patience | Egyptian language--Writing, Hieroglyphic | Art, Renaissance | Vecelli, Tiziano. 1488?-1576 | Greco, 1541?-1614 | Vos, Marten De | Ars Grammatica
Contents:
1 East and West: the problem of cultural exchange. 2 Eagle and serpent. 3 Marvels of the East: a study in the history of monsters. 4 Marco Polo and the pictorial tradition of the marvels of the East. 5 "Roc": an Eastern prodigy in a Dutch engraving. 6 Chance, time and virtue. 7 Patience and chance: the story of a political emblem. 8 Hieroglyphics in the early Renaissance. 9 Transformations of Minerva in Renaissance imagery. 10 Titian's allegory of "Religion succoured by Spain". 11 El Greco's language of gesture. 12 Death and resurrection in a picture by Marten de Vos. 13 "Grammatica": from Martianus Capella to Hogarth. 14 Interpretation of visual symbols
Abstract: 'Rudolf Wittkower deplored specialization. For him, it was the fact that art communicated experience which made it a rewarding study, and nothing fascinated him more than the way in which one culture picked up and transformed the images of another. This volume draws together fourteen essays written over a thirty-three year period in which he ranges far and wide in search of these "migrating" symbols, trying to penetrate the meanings that artists have given them or that they have unconsciously conveyed.'
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1st pub. in paperback in the United States, 1987. Foreword by Margot Wittkower.

Symbolism of Eagle : Eagle and serpent, p15-44.. Symbolism of Snake : Eagle and serpent, p15-44.. Symbolism of Monsters : Marvels of the East: a study in the history of monsters., , 45-74.. Marco Polo : Marco Polo and the pictorial tradition of the marvels of the East, p75-92.. Roc (In Religion, Folklore, etc.) : `Roc': an Eastern prodigy in a Dutch engraving, p93-96.. Chance : Chance, time and virtue. Also, Patience and chance: the story of a political emblem, p97-106; P107-12.. Time : Chance, time and virtue, p97-106.. Virtue : Chance, time and virtue, p97-106.. Patience : Patience and chance: the story of a political emblem, p107-12.. Hieroglyphics : Hieroglyphics in the early Renaissance, p113-28.. Art, Renaissance : Hieroglyphics in the early Renaissance. Also, Transformations of Minerva in Renaissance imagery., p113-28; p129-42.. Vecelli, Tiziano. 1488?-1576 : Titian's allegory of `religion succoured by Spain', p143-46.. El Greco : El Greco's language of gesture, p147-58.. Vos, Marten De : Death and resurrection in a picture by Marten de Vos, p159-66.. Ars Grammatica : `Grammatica': from Martianus Capella to Hogarth, p167-72.

1 East and West: the problem of cultural exchange. 2 Eagle and serpent. 3 Marvels of the East: a study in the history of monsters. 4 Marco Polo and the pictorial tradition of the marvels of the East. 5 "Roc": an Eastern prodigy in a Dutch engraving. 6 Chance, time and virtue. 7 Patience and chance: the story of a political emblem. 8 Hieroglyphics in the early Renaissance. 9 Transformations of Minerva in Renaissance imagery. 10 Titian's allegory of "Religion succoured by Spain". 11 El Greco's language of gesture. 12 Death and resurrection in a picture by Marten de Vos. 13 "Grammatica": from Martianus Capella to Hogarth. 14 Interpretation of visual symbols

'Rudolf Wittkower deplored specialization. For him, it was the fact that art communicated experience which made it a rewarding study, and nothing fascinated him more than the way in which one culture picked up and transformed the images of another. This volume draws together fourteen essays written over a thirty-three year period in which he ranges far and wide in search of these "migrating" symbols, trying to penetrate the meanings that artists have given them or that they have unconsciously conveyed.'

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