Art Essentials: Symbols in Art

Art Essentials: Symbols in Art

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Iconography, or the study of symbols - be they animals, artifacts, plants, geometric shapes, or gestures - is an essential aspect of interpreting art. One of the most consistent features of human society throughout time has been the use of visual symbols, which often act as substitutions for the written word, crossing dialects and borders and uniting understandings of the world through a shared language.

Incorporating and analyzing a wealth of cultures, this serves as a reference guide to fifty of the most frequently occurring symbols in global art history from 2300 BCE to the present day, exploring their subtle implications and covert meanings.

  • Author: Matthew Wilson
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication date: October 2020
  • Paperback