An Introduction to Iconography by Roelof van Straten, Patricia de Man (trans) PDF

By Roelof van Straten, Patricia de Man (trans)

ISBN-10: 1136614028

ISBN-13: 9781136614026

For the 1st time in English, on hand in a single resource, "An advent to Iconography" explains the methods artists use references and allusions to create which means. The publication provides the historic, theoretical, and sensible points of iconography and ICONCLASS, the great iconographical indexing approach built by way of Henri van de Waal. subject matters corresponding to the background of iconography, personification, allegory, and emblems obtain specified emphasis. further gains comprise annotated bibliographies of books and magazine articles from around the globe which are linked to iconographic study. This accomplished advisor, with its greater than 60 illustrations, deals a readable and prepared resource for the topic.

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Famous in his own time for his conquests, he is best known today for his law code, which prescribed penalties for everything from adultery and murder to the cutting down of a neighbor’s trees. The code is inscribed in 3,500 lines of cuneiform characters on a tall black-basalt stele. At the top (FIG. 1-17) is a relief depicting Hammurabi in the presence of the flame-shouldered sun god, Shamash. The king raises his hand in respect. The god extends to Hammurabi the rod and ring that symbolize authority.

25 At the far right is an only partially preserved clothed man usually, if ambiguously, referred to as a “priest-king,” that is, both a religious and secular leader. The greater height of the priest-king and Inanna compared with the offering bearers indicates their greater importance, a convention called hierarchy of scale. Some scholars interpret the scene as a symbolic marriage between the priest-king and the goddess, ensuring her continued goodwill—and reaffi rming the leader’s exalted position in society.

Several observers think these signs are a primitive form of writing, but like the hands—and everything else in Paleolithic art—their meaning is unknown (see “Art in the Old Stone Age,” page 20). P r e hi stori c Art Copyright 2009 Cengage Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. 19 Art and Society Art in the Old Stone Age Since the discovery of the first cave paintings in the late 19th century, scholars have wondered why the hunters of the Old Stone Age decided to cover the walls of dark caverns with animal images ( FIGS.

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