Author Sally fisher comes to the rescue with this fascinating book, in which she uncovers the symbols and stories that inform much Western art with drama, humor and sometimes amazing quirkiness. In earlier times, when literacy was rare, art routinely served to educate, inspire, or simply tell a story. Even among the highly literate, art was expected to embody special and sometimes mysterious meanings. Realizing that this tradition has become lost to many of us, Fisher has gathered countless delightful images that are a pleasure to look at, and an even greater pleasure when they are more fully understood.
Each of the 150 works if art included---134 of which are in full color---illustrates age-old beliefs, stories, and symbols: from the rich lore of the Madonna and the life of Christ to the stories of saints both real and legendary, from angels and halos to monsters and the sneaky tricks of the Devil, from tales of the Old Testament to the meanings of various classical myths.
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