The Tree: Symbol, Allegory, and Mnemonic Device in Medieval Art and Thought

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With its vital character - growing, flowering, extending its roots into the ground, and its branches and leaves to the sky - the tree is a polyvalent metaphor, a suggestive symbol, and an allegorical subject. During the Middle Ages, a number of iconographic schemata were based on the image and structure of the tree, including the Tree of Jesse and the Tree of Virtues and Vices. From the late eleventh century onwards such formulae were increasingly used as devices for organizing knowledge and representing theoretical ...

The Tree: Symbol, Allegory, and Mnemonic Device in Medieval Art and Thought 2014, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout

ISBN-13: 9782503548395

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