1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Art & Myth

Shepherd, Rowena & Rupert

Published by Thames & Hudson, 2006
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NEW: 1st edition paperback (orig 2006), printing unstated, new full-color matte-laminated card-stock cover w/ sharp new edges & corners, immaculate text-block exterior, excellent new uncreased binding, pristine interior handsomely printed on excellent unblemished acid-free paper * 9.25" x 7.75" x 1.00", 1.18 kg, 352 pp.* , 1.18 kg, 352 pp. * 1,157 2-color illustrations * Symbols are an international language, but that language is far from universal. Different symbols mean radically different things in different contexts: a cross, a crane, or a swastika each have a distinct meaning for a Buddhist, an art historian, or a student of the occult. "1000 Symbols" offers a comprehensive directory of symbols in clear, detailed artworks, ea. accompanied by a definition of the symbol's history & its cross-cultural meanings. Beginning w/ an alphabetical, cross-referenced index, the book is then organized into groupings of related symbols: (1) Geometrical Shapes (circle, square, triangle, pentagram, crescent & spiral are just a few of the entries), (2) The Universe & the Elements (including all the symbols for the world around us (earth, air, fire & water, as well as times of day or month & the planets), (3) Characters and People (detailing the symbolism attached to specific characters or to people & their general attributes, (4) Living Creatures (denoting the symbolism of animals, birds, fish & insects, (5) Flowers, Plants, and Trees (highlighting the symbolism of growing things, from the oak to the lotus), (6) Mythical Beasts (containing beasts from the myths & legends of all cultures, including hybrids such as the centaur), (7) Objects and Artifacts (including made or manufactured objects of symbolism, from knot to labyrinth), & (8) Numbers & Colors (outlining their symbolic attributes in different cultures and contexts). Whether you are baffled by the relevance of the winged staff held by Mercury in a classical painting or wonder about the number of branches on the Hebrew menorah, this comprehensive directory will give you the information you are looking for, & place the explanation in its historical & cultural context. * Rupert Shepherd is a freelance writer specializing in art history. Since graduating from the Courtauld Institute he has written 2 books on Renaissance art, & another book about the history of the Palace of Westminster. Rowena Shepherd is an art historian currently working for English Heritage. Rachel Kennedy is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She specializes in the art of the 18th century, & has contributed entries on the symbolism of art to a number of dictionaries & encyclopedias. Bookseller Inventory #

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Symbols are an international language, but that language is far from universal. Different symbols mean radically different things in different contexts - a cross, a crane, or a swastika each have a distinct meaning for a Buddhist, an art historian, or a student of the occult.

1000 Symbols offers a comprehensive directory of symbols in clear, detailed artworks, each accompanied by a definition of the symbol's history and its cross-cultural meanings.

Beginning with an alphabetical, cross-referenced index, the book is then organized into groupings of related symbols:

Geometrical Shapes-circle, square, triangle, pentagram, crescent, and spiral are just a few of the entries.

The Universe and the Elements includes all the symbols for the world around us-earth, air, fire, and water, as well as times of day or month, and the planets.

Characters and People details the symbolism attached to specific characters or to people and their general attributes.

Living Creatures denotes the symbolism of animals, birds, fish, and insects.

Flowers, Plants, and Trees highlights the symbolism of growing things, from the oak to the lotus.

Mythical Beasts contains beasts from the myths and legends of all cultures, including hybrids such as the centaur.

Objects and Artifacts includes made or manufactured objects of symbolism, from knot to labyrinth.

Numbers and Colors outlines their symbolic attributes in different cultures and contexts.

Whether you are baffled by the relevance of the winged staff held by Mercury in a classical painting or wonder about the number of branches on the Hebrew menorah, this comprehensive directory will give you the information you are looking for, and place the explanation in its historical and cultural context.

1000 illustrations in 2 colors

About the Author: Rupert Shepherd is a freelance writer specialising in art history. Since graduating from the Courtauld Institute he has written two books on Renaissance art, and is currently working on a book about the history of the Palace of Westminster. Rowena Shepherd is an art historian currently working for English Heritage. Rachel Kennedy is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. She specializes in the art of the 18th century, and has contributed entries on the symbolism of art to a number of dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

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Title: 1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Art & Myth
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: Soft cover
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