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1/16/18 1:43 P

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I went to an art history lecture at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, last week where Dr. Annie Labatt spoke on "Seeing Medieval Art."

One of the items in the McNay collection that she discussed was the mid-15th-century "Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate."

From the museum's website:
"The Virgin wears a crown with twelve stars, representing the apostles, and symbolizing her role as queen of heaven. The crescent moon that she stands on is an ancient symbol of chastity. She holds a pomegranate, a symbol of resurrection, unity, and fertility."

You can see a photo of the wooden icon here:
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8/2/16 3:44 P

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painterskeys.com/symbols-2/

This blog, written by the late Robert Genn of The Painter's Keys (August 2, 2016, "Symbols"), discusses symbolism in paintings.

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11/4/14 6:26 P

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I just found this message thread at the bottom of the files. Anyone have anything to add to this interesting discussion?

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7/20/09 3:34 A

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One of my papers for this Semester is on about East Asia and Geography and one of the first books I looked at introduction chapter talked about 'placement' of many things to do with the envirnoment.

The lecturer appears to specialise in Geomancy which is the academic term for the now popular Feng Shui

The Art History paper is on Maori Art: Theory and Practice but the first lecture is not until Wednesday and to date nothing has been posted on the course website about anything!

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7/15/09 11:56 P

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Up until women's rights became a popular issue, (in western art) men were usually placed on the right side of the painting and women on the left to reiterate the idea of christ being on the right hand of the father and women being on the left or the side that pertained to evil, guilt, sin and temptation. emoticon



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7/8/09 5:42 P

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even the simple 'still life' painting will contain a variety of symbolism.

I'm thinking of Jan van Eyck who created some somewhat weird portraits of people and always in the background where items added that had meaning - often about time, if I remember rightly



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7/6/09 4:20 P

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in Rococo art, if a chair is turned upside down, it's a symbol or infidelity

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7/1/09 11:06 P

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I remember learning that a broken pitcher or eggs (usually with a woman) is symbolic of "spoiled goods" ie. a woman who is no longer pure or a virgin.

I think it was during the Der Blaue Reiter/German Expressionism unit that we learned about artistic color meaning and blue during this period usually stood for male spirituality.

Then sometime later we learned that red is symbolic for passion and lust because it is the color Mary Magdalene is usually portrayed in and associated with.



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7/1/09 5:37 P

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one bit of symbolism which is world wide is

ADVERTISING

cars and supermodels

wine and green fields with rows of grapevines and that powerful blue sky

ice cold drink with sparkling ice cubes - branded fizz

mothers day, fathers day

christmas, easter, thanksgiving
turkey always looks tempting and festive

and soooooooo on....Roland Barthes springs to mind. I'm sure in one my stage1 courses I 'met' him :-)

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I always think it's interesting to learn about symbolism in art. Every culture has a vast assortment of symbolism that is used and incorporated in their artwork.

If you know any interesting symbolism or iconography and its meaning write about what it is an what culture, era, movement and/or artist it pertains to... You never know what you'll learn!

For instance I may say: In Western art (esp. European) the incorporation of a dog in a piece usually symbolizes loyalty and faithfulness emoticon



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