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Allegory and the Migration of Symbols   Rudolf Wittkower

Allegory and the Migration of Symbols

180x250 224 страниц. 1987 год.
Thames and Hudson
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. The essays - each with its original illustrations and notes -fall into two main groups. The first traces instances where oriental imagery has entered the art of the West - specifically the strange images of Eagle and Serpent, and the long catalogue of monsters which the ancient and medieval worlds took so completely for granted and which held meanings for them not always apparent to ourselves. The second loob at the sources of some favorite allegorical motifs of the Renaissance -...
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