The symbolism of the mirror in pre-raphaelite paintings

Cseténé Varga Nikolett (2004) The symbolism of the mirror in pre-raphaelite paintings. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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Abstract

The subject of this thesis is the use of the mirror and its symbolic associations in certain Pre-Raphaelite paintings. After a short introduction about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the importance of the symbols in general in their art I deal with the emblem of the mirror and its different meanings in particular pictures. I examine the way, how the mirror represents the symbol of vanity, Venus, mimesis, art and the "doppelgnger" motif. In Take Your Son, Sir! by Ford Madox Brown I also examine what features make the painting similar to a modern icon and how can be the woman interpreted as the Virgin Mary. By analysing these pictures I point out that the frequent use of the mirror is not accidental and the Pre-Raphaelite painters, who were otherwise sensitive to symbols just like the medieval artists they adored, were likely to use this icon exploiting its various symbolic meanings.

Institution

Szegedi Tudományegyetem

Faculty

Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College

Department

Angol Tanszék

Discipline

Teacher Training

Specialization

angol

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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2004
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 09. 12:05
Last Modified: 2019. May. 13. 06:19
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/75833

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