Why are there two tortoises in the foreground of Moreau’s ‘Orpheus’? After a journey through Zen Buddhism, fables, and political allegory, the answer may be more obvious.
Taking stock on which narratives should be used, and what techniques should be used to represent them in paintings.
Painting is one of the oldest and most widely-accessible media for narrative. But narrative painting is also one of the least studied.
Is modernism different with respect to its use of visual tropes such as metonymy? The answer leads us to conclusions about the reliance of language and painting on metaphor and metonymy.
Examines the use of metonymy, synecdoche, and symbols in representative painting prior to ‘Modern Art’ in the twentieth century.
Visual metaphor is common in advertising. Such images succeed in bringing together two apparently unrelated subjects, using the one to position the product favourably in the mind of the beholder.
Just as we are practised and skilled at reading beyond the literality of words, we need tools to see beyond pictures. This is the start of a journey to acquire those tools, and achieve visual literacy.