Nature and Its Symbols

Lucia Impelluso (Author)
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Nature and Its Symbols is the fifth volume in the series A Guide to Imagery, reference guides whose goal is to explain the symbols used in art. This volume includes chapters on plants, flowers, fruits, and animals of the earth, air, and water, as well as fantastical creatures such as centaurs, griffons, and dragons. The vivid illustrations, which include paintings and tapestries from some of the world's premier museums, are accompanied by texts that offer a careful analysis of the artists' depictions of the natural world. fruit, or animal portrayed, its mythic or literary origins, and the episodes or individuals associated with it. These salient points are also called out in summary form within each entry, making the information easily accessible. The reader discovers, for example, that the iris can represent Jesus or the purity of the Virgin Mary as well as the kings of France or the city of Florence. The monkey, which can be symbolic of the devil, heresy, or bad temper, is also associated with the three wise men who travelled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus.

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$24.95  $22.46
J. Paul Getty Museum
Publish Date
December 01, 2004
5.3 X 0.9 X 7.8 inches | 1.55 pounds
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About the Author

Lucia Impelluso (née en 1965) est architecte et experte en iconographie. Elle collabore depuis quelques années avec Electa comme auteur ou co-auteur de livres d'Art. Ses publications incluent « Temi, significati, simbologie », dans La Natura Morta, publié par Stefano Zuffi, Electa 1998 et « Temi, significati, simbologie » dans Il Ritratto, publié par Stefano Zuffi, Electa 1999. Elle a aussi publié nombre de manuels pour Le Monnier et Einaudi Scuola.