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Nineteenth-Century Art Resources: Iconography/Symbolism

A guide to major sources of information for researching 19th-century art and artists

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Guides to Iconography & Symbolism



Old Testament Figures in Art
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art
Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art
Symbols and Legends in Western Art 
These are exactly what they sound like, providing brief definitions for a wide range of subjects, themes, and concepts encountered in Western art. They supplement each other; so, don't pick only one!
Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography 
The articles in this encyclopedia discuss both secular and religious iconography by broad themes or activities (e.g., envy or expulsion).
Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art 
If you are looking for information on animals and their symbolism in art, this book is for you. It is especially noteworthy for its comparative approach, discussing the representations and meanings of animals in diverse world cultures and in different time periods.

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