A Closer Look: Allegory Erika Langmuir

Series:
A Closer Look
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
24 Jun 2010
ISBN:
9781857094855
Imprint:
National Gallery London
Dimensions:
96 pages: 210 x 146mm
Illustrations:
90 color illus.

Categories:

Painters in the past and commercial artists in our own day have 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 medieval astrology, all too often puzzle modern viewers. This Closer Look guide illustrates and explains the main types of visual allegory in Western art and the contexts in which they were originally created and viewed.

Erika Langmuir, OBE, was Head of Education at the National Gallery, London, and is the author of many books, including Masterpieces and The National Gallery Companion Guide.

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