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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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Iconologia, or, Moral emblems

I found a few but not all illustrations with mirrors from this edition; notice, how close they are to the original versions, the only difference is their realistic background, and more refined figures in general: You are commenting using your Facebook account. The book was used by oratorsartistspoets and “modern Italians” to give substance to qualities such as virtuesvicespassionsarts and sciences.

Perhaps, it was one of his duties, too, but apparently he had a chance to do many other things, too. Also, it is proposed the revaluation of ars plumaria objects produced during the nineteenth century, whose study is still pending in the History of Art in Mexico.

Cesare Ripa

The second, revised, improved and extended edition was published ina year after the death of the cardinal Salviati the first book was dedicated to him. Even the date of his birth is known very approximately, sometimes between and Of course, there are more more interesting observations and discoveries that could be made by tracking the evolution of these concepts over time, and the book with all its later editions is an excellent platform for such an exploration.


I assume they could also start introducing new mirrors, as shown by this cover of one of the later editions: Skip to main content.

Selected and translated from the French by Annette Lavers. Vanity was, perhaps, the biggest surprise for me; her depiction as a woman with a mirror is so typical that I only expected to see it here, too. Deux femmes pour un continent: A detailed reading list will be given before the start of the course but if they so wish, students can start by reading the following two texts:.

What Is to Be Done? Iconography is the description, classification, and interpretation of the subject matter of a work of art.

CÆSARE RIPA: Reflective Iconology –

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He also described how these concepts are usually depicted, and for some he also provided illustration.

Click here to sign up. Starting with Raphael and Giulio Romano’s personifications in the Sala di Costantino of the Vatican Palace, artists gave allegories and their sometimes eccentric clothes pride of place in decorative schemes. 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.


They have, to a certain extent, become interchangeable. Please include a link to this page if you have found this material cdsare for research or writing a related article. What, exactly, was this book? Since I started with mistakes and omissions, mention a few more: On the one hand, it These and other peculiarities made the struthio camelus sparrow camel a hybrid, part bird, part beast according to Renaissance scientists.

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Catalog Record: Iconology : or A collection of emblematical | Hathi Trust Digital Library

The reasons may however be different than previously conceived. Simply described, it is by definition closely related to the equally complex but more abstract term iconology, traditionally understood as a more advanced and secondary phase in visual definition. Iconography – Trends And Developments Computerization and its application to art history has been the most dominant factor in the popular renewal icnology interest in iconography.

The plasticity of the works has been discussed only distantly and their significance in the iconographic scheme of the church has not been evaluated. An Introduction to Art Image Access: It was an interesting hunt for the mirrors, and now I can share my trophies.

This English edition you can look at the.