An Introduction to Iconography: Symbols, Allusions and Meaning in the Visual Arts, 2nd Edition (e-Book) book cover

An Introduction to Iconography

Symbols, Allusions and Meaning in the Visual Arts, 2nd Edition

By Roelof van Straten


168 pages

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Paperback: 9782881246012
pub: 1994-06-28
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pub: 2012-10-02
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Available for the first time in English, An Introduction to Iconography explains the ways that artists use references and allusions to create meaning. The book presents the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of iconography and ICONCLASS, the comprehensive iconographical indexing system developed by Henri van de Waal. It gives particular emphasis to the history of iconography, personification, allegory, and symbols, and the literary sources that inform iconographic readings, and includes annotated bibliographies of books and journal articles from around the world that are associated with iconographic research.

The author of numerous articles and a four-volume reference work on Italian prints, Roelof van Straten is currently working on an iconographic index covering the prints of Goltzius and his school.


"'…a very useful and astonishingly comprehensive little handbook. It is a model in clarity, excellently organized, and also graphically very clear.'." -- Wolfgang M. Freitag of Harvard University

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies