Alright, the whining aside, today I’d like to talk about the Iconology, once very famous and today nearly forgotten book, written by Cesare Ripa. Iconology: or A collection of emblematical figures [chiefly composed from the Iconology of Cesare Ripa ] / [collected and arranged] by George Richardson. — . Iconography is the description, classification, and interpretation of the subject matter of a work of art. Derived from the Greek words eikon, meaning image or icon.

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This is just an example of the page from the English version: The most unusual work to be painted by Van Dyck in his years in London is his self portrait with the sunflower.

The concepts were arranged in alphabetical order, after the fashion of the Renaissance. The book was also translated to many European languages, and soon became widely available in all corners of Europe, from England to Russia apparently, Russian Peter the Great saw the book during his stay in the Netherlands, and it was one of the first books he ordered to translate to Russian after his return to Moscow: His reputation was established once he accepted the position of chair in the Department of Me….

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Cesare Ripa – Wikipedia

By the early twentieth century, systemization in the field of iconography was underway. Skip to main content.

Here is the second one for Science, where we see these Wings: Again, we know something about this cardinal, but not much or at least, not much is available in the public domain, I am sure Vatican may have more detailed records of its members.


User studies have shown the popularity of accessing subject matter in such venues as museum and gallery databases. Visualizzazioni secentesche di un concetto politico, in Il dialogo creativo.

His Iconologia was first published in to great acclaim and included descriptions of over 1, personifications ranging from Abondanza I, 1 Abundance to Zelo V…. In an age before Darwin, this enormous bird with its useless feathers was a living enigma. I will be also copying here the English descriptions: Iconology has been described as “the description, classification, or analysis of meaning or symbolism in the visual arts that takes into account the tradition of pictorial motifs and their historical, cultural, and social meaning” Baca, p.

Yet others also produced entirely original versions, that more or less closely followed the initial designs: Here is the second one for Science, where we see these Wings:. The second insight is that despite all this diversity, the general image of a mirror, so to speak, is very positive. The same story with Fraud: This is his portrait the best I could find and the coat of arms: Over the course of seven weeks, we will trace and analyze this process from the representation of European culture in the visual arts in the s to 19th-century paintings related to Nationalism and Orientalism.

If Ripa was among the first iconographical theoreticians to realize the importance of structure and systematization in this field, others did not follow his path until the beginning of the Detail of Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon. He was knighted after his highly successful Iconologiawhich he wrote in his free time, was published. This is very Buddhist understanding of the mirrors; there they are also used to elevate over the sensorial, natural impact on us of all the things around, and achieve a more rational and clean comprehension, the essence.

I would like to spend a bit more time at some point later to research the depiction of the Prudence and her Mirrors; so far I met this symbolism in the early work by Bellini and the in the alleged Prudence of Hans Baldungbut I have many more examples to reflect upon.


As a result, it looks much lighter and easier to read, compared to a very dense layout of the original volume. The first edition of his Iconologia was published without illustrations in and dedicated to Anton Maria Salviati.

Ostriches were both reviled jconology embodiments of heresy, stupidity, and gluttony and praised as exemplars of stoic endurance, a turning towards God, and justice, among other qualities. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Today the image of the ostrich with its head in the sand is a common trope for willful oblivion, even though scientists note that ostriches do not, in fact, do this.

The easiest of these is undoubtedly the descriptive, where the multivalent nature of images causes the greatest problems Eliade, p.

The allegories of the twelve months, based on the Iconologia by Cesare Ripa, contribute to mark the Gallery as one of the most interesting rlpa of the mature Baroque in Italy.

Histoire de l’histoire de l’art: The Iconologia was a highly influential emblem book based on Egyptian, Greek and Roman emblematical representations.

Iconologia, or, Moral emblems

Iconography – Trends And Developments Computerization and its application to iconoloogy history has been the most dominant factor in the popular renewal of interest in iconography. Some of them had just colorized versions of the original illustrations:. Increasingly iconography is being applied to the nonvisual and to studies using textual, aural, or verbal material, which has extended its meaning.