Nature and Architecture

Henry Maguire

in Nectar and Illusion

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766604
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950386 | DOI:

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

Nature and Architecture

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This chapter discusses the role of architectural backgrounds depicted in post-iconoclastic mosaics and paintings, which acted as a symbolic language that substituted for the old symbols derived from the world of nature. It covers the symbolism of individual architectural elements such as doors, gates, stairs, and columns, as well as the meanings generated by the creation and denial of the illusion of physical space.

Keywords: architectural backgrounds; mosaics; paintings; symbols; doors; gates; stairs; columns; space; illusion

Chapter.  10847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE)

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