Thursday, 16 July 2015

Symbolism: The Rainbow Portrait and Thomas More's Family Portrait

Non Sine Sole Iris - No Rainbow without the Sun

Even though I have spent many a happy hour gazing at historical images and can always be found with my head in one history book or another I have to admit that I find symbolism in historical works of art quite daunting. I think the main problem for me is not symbolism itself but the use of everyday items that have a symbolic reference and the question of what its saying, who it's aimed at and would the vast majority of people at the time really get its point? 

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