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Animal Farm a fable (1945) by George Orwell which consists of a satire on Russian Communism as it developed under Stalin. The animals of the farm, led by the pigs, revolt against the cruel farmer, ...
Benedetto Antelami

Benedetto Antelami  

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(late 12th century) Emilian sculptor whose work, informed by both antique Roman and contemporary French sculpture,includes the free-standing prophets in façade niches of Fidenza cathedral and the ...
Boethius

Boethius  

(c. 480–524),Roman statesman and philosopher, best known for The Consolation of Philosophy, which he wrote while in prison on a charge of treason. He argued that the soul can attain happiness in ...
emblem

emblem  

A heraldic device or symbolic object as a distinctive badge of a nation, organization, or family. The word is recorded from the late 16th century (as a verb), and comes from Latin emblema ‘inlaid ...
Francesco Colonna

Francesco Colonna  

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(1433–1527).Venetian cleric and author. His Hypneroto-machia Polifili, written in 1467 and published by Aldus Manutius (1450–1515) in Venice in 1499, was a work of imagination, but it contains ...
genre

genre  

A grouping of texts related within the system of literature by their sharing features of form and content. Ancient theoretical discussions of specific literary genres operate according to criteria ...
metaphor

metaphor  

A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. Recorded from the late 15th century, the word comes via French and Latin from ...
Prudentius

Prudentius  

(348–post‐405),a Christian Latin poet born in Spain, the composer of many hymns. His Psychomachia, an allegorical account of the battle for the soul of man, was a very important influence on the ...
symbolism

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The use (or perceived use) of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. See also colour symbolism; condensation; product-symbol format; ritual model; surplus meaning; symbol; symbolic; visual ...
vanitas

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(Lat.: ‘vanity’ or ‘emptiness’).A type of still-life picture depicting an object or collection of objects symbolizing the brevity of life and the transience of all earthly pleasures and achievements. ...

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