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The Unicorn Tapestries (1495–1505)

- July 23, 2019 in allegory, hunting, medieval, middle ages, tapestries, unicorns

The enigmatic story of the Unicorn Tapestries, whose multifarious medieval symbolism still beguiles.

The Unicorn Tapestries (1495–1505)

- July 23, 2019 in allegory, hunting, medieval, middle ages, tapestries, unicorns

The enigmatic story of the Unicorn Tapestries, whose multifarious medieval symbolism still beguiles.

Flash Mob: Revolution, Lightning, and the People’s Will

- November 9, 2017 in allegory, Art & Illustrations, benjamin franklin, Culture & History, Featured Articles, french revolution, Jean-Paul Marat, Joseph Priestley, lightning, Maximilien Robespierre, power, revolution, Science, symbolism, thunderbolt

Kevin Duong explores how leading French revolutionaries, in need of an image to represent the all important “will of the people”, turned to the thunderbolt — a natural symbol of power and illumination that also signalled the scientific ideals so key to their project.

The Art of Philosophy: Visualising Aristotle in Early 17th-Century Paris

- October 24, 2017 in allegory, aristotle, Art & Illustrations, Philosophy

With their elaborate interplay of image and text, the several large-scale prints designed by the French friar Martin Meurisse to communicate Aristotelian thought are wonderfully impressive creations. Susanna Berger explores the function of these complex works, and how such visual commentaries not only served to express philosophical ideas in a novel way but also engendered […]

The Art of Philosophy: Visualising Aristotle in Early 17th-Century Paris

- August 30, 2017 in allegory, aristotle, Art & Illustrations, Philosophy

With their elaborate interplay of image and text, the several large-scale prints designed by the French friar Martin Meurisse to communicate Aristotelian thought are wonderfully impressive creations. Susanna Berger explores the function of these complex works, and how such visual commentaries not only served to express philosophical ideas in a novel way but also engendered their own unique mode of thinking.

The Difficulty of Ruling over a Diverse Nation (1578)

- June 9, 2016 in allegory, fantastical creatures, rule

16th-century Dutch engraving depicting a fantastical animal with the heads of various other animals sprouting from its body: an allegory for the difficulty of ruling over a diverse nation.

The Difficulty of Ruling over a Diverse Nation (1578)

- June 9, 2016 in allegory, fantastical creatures, rule

16th-century Dutch engraving depicting a fantastical animal with the heads of various other animals sprouting from its body: an allegory for the difficulty of ruling over a diverse nation.

The Difficulty of Ruling over a Diverse Nation (1578)

- June 9, 2016 in allegory, fantastical creatures, rule

16th-century Dutch engraving depicting a fantastical animal with the heads of various other animals sprouting from its body: an allegory for the difficulty of ruling over a diverse nation.