Early Modern Visual Allegory: Embodying Meaning

Cristelle Baskins (Editor), Lisa Rosenthal (Editor)

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The first book in over twenty-five years devoted solely to allegory and personification in art history, this anthology complements current literary and cultural studies of allegory. The volume re-examines early modern allegorical imagery in light of crucial material, contextual and methodological questions: how are allegories conceived; for whom; and for what purposes? Contributors consider a wide range of allegorical representations in the visual arts and material culture, of both early modern Europe and the colonial "New World" 1400-1800. Essays included here examine paintings, sculpture, prints, architecture and the spaces of public ritual while discussing the process and theory of interpretation, formation of audiences, reception history, appropriation and censorship. A special focus on the medium of the body in visual allegory unites the volume's diverse materials and methods.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages316
ISBN (Print)9781138255562, 9780754657606
StatePublished - 2007


  • european art
  • allegories
  • symbolism in art
  • visual perception
  • art history
  • history, early modern 1451-1600
  • europe
  • latin america

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    Venus's Milk and the Temptations of Allegory in Otto Van Veen's Allegory of Temptation

    Rosenthal, L., 2007, Early Modern Visual Allegory: Embodying Meaning. Baskins, C. & Rosenthal, L. (eds.). Ashgate

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    Baskins, C., & Rosenthal, L. (Eds.) (2007). Early Modern Visual Allegory: Embodying Meaning. Ashgate.