Art Essentials: Symbols in Art
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- Matthew Wilson
- 21.5 x 14.2cm
This guide unravels over fifty common visual symbols. While symbols cross dialects and national boundaries, their meanings can vary and are often culturally specific. The snake, an object of fascination and mysticism in Aztec culture, usually represents sin in the west. Yinka Shonibare's Last Supper (2013) plays on the grapevine's historic associations to satiric and startling effect.
Matt Wilson explores symbolism's subtle implications and overt and covert meanings, providing an introductory tool for interpretation. A reference section includes suggestions for further reading and a glossary of art and historical terms.