The bridge: suggestions about the meaning of a pictorial motif

Calabrese, Omar
December 2011
Journal of Art Historiography;Dec2011, Issue 5, p1
Academic Journal
The article explores whether the representation of bridges in painting is relevant for the construction of meaning in a work of art. It highlights several objections of art historian Ernst Gombrich concerning the research. It discusses the basic principles of iconology as well as gives consideration to the concept of motif as it is not applied only in the domain of visual arts but also in other disciplines. It also discusses the anthropological point of view on the bridge's fundamental value.


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