ISBN-10:
0820422681
ISBN-13:
9780820422688
Pub. Date:
04/01/1997
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Symbolic Structures: The Role of Composition in Signaling Meaning in Italian Medieval Art / Edition 1

Symbolic Structures: The Role of Composition in Signaling Meaning in Italian Medieval Art / Edition 1

by Michael Grillo

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Overview

How do images convey meaning? Traditional scholarship has treated iconography as a vocabulary of relatively fixed symbols. Symbolic Structures explores how composition, as a framing syntax, formally cues their specific meanings. Establishing its foundation in Italian Early Medieval and Byzantine images, this study examines paintings and relief sculptures from the twelfth century to the early fifteenth century in Italy to investigate the subtle role of composition as a symbolic system that permits images a wealth of expressive capabilities suited to the diverse needs of their times. In its analysis, this inquiry reveals the vital role of ambiguity in the succession from hierarchical composition to perspective in the Italian Late Medieval era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820422688
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Series: American University Studies Series: Series 20: Fine Arts , #20
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

The Author: An assistant professor at the University of Maine, Michael Grillo received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research in the History of Art focuses on identifying modes of signification unique to visual linguistics.

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