Nature and Its Symbols

Nature and Its Symbols

by Lucia Impelluso
     
 

This attractive small volume provides students and other art lovers with an accessible guide to the symbolism associated with plants, fruits, insects, flowers, fantastic creatures, animals of the sea, and animals of the land. In addition to an explanation of the symbol's meanings, each entry features several works of art, beautifully reproduced in color plates, with… See more details below

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This attractive small volume provides students and other art lovers with an accessible guide to the symbolism associated with plants, fruits, insects, flowers, fantastic creatures, animals of the sea, and animals of the land. In addition to an explanation of the symbol's meanings, each entry features several works of art, beautifully reproduced in color plates, with lines connecting the symbol in the painting to an accompanying explanation. The works selected are mainly European paintings from the 14th-17th centuries. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Following up on four previous titles explaining mythological and biblical iconography in paintings, the latest in the Getty's superb series does not disappoint. The myriad plants, flowers, fruits, animals (land, flying and aquatic) and "Creatures of the Imagination" that appear in medieval and Renaissance painting all have symbolic meanings; Impelluso devotes chapters to each of those categories, further dividing them by object: everything from quinces, myrtle and hyacinth to snakes, grasshoppers, sphinxes and harpies get their due. Impelluso (Gods and Heroes in Art) identifies their prominent appearances in various masterworks and explains their varying significances. Most of the reproductions are centered on the page, with small blocks of text surrounding them, with unobtrusive lines connecting the text to the actual objects it describes. It works beautifully, making the often ignored, busy backgrounds of many less-discussed works-like Lucas Cranach the Elder's The Virgin Under the Apple Tree and Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine-come alive with meaning. (Dec. 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892367726
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Series:
A Guide to Imagery Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
309,628
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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