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Mythological & Allegorical Paintings

Mythology and allegory were some of the most often-used literary devices in the history of painting through the end of the 19th century. In an allegory, such as in many children's fairytales and Aesop's fables, the characters and events of the story symbolize ideas about human life or political or historical situations. Mythology is a set of allegories, examples of which include the myths created by the Greeks and restyled by the Romans.

In historic European cultures, not everyone knew or understood the stories from mythology. Therefore, incorporating references to mythology separated a class of people who could fully appreciate the meaning embedded in a painting.

In the fine painting tradition, art with mythology was considered the highest and best. This tradition fell away as... Read more

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Allen Jones (né en 1937)Traditional Theme, 1971

March 28, 2017, 6:00 PM CET
PARIS, France

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Benjamin West American/British, 1738-1820 Allegory

April 5, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USA

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