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date: 19 February 2020

allegory and allegorical interpretation in art 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Author(s):
Dimitra KotoulaDimitra Kotoula, Oliver NicholsonOliver Nicholson, Richard FlowerRichard Flower, Oliver NicholsonOliver Nicholson

Late Romans who looked at images in an allegorical manner aimed to see beyond the obvious by associating what they contemplated with ideas and perceptions drawn from their broader knowledge, whether this was mundane information assimilated from experience and reading or a spiritual understanding of a superior other-worldly reality, in itself beyond depiction. In the latter case the contemplation of images became a means to an end and the viewer was subservient to their initiatory effects.... ...

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