Monday, May 8, 2017

Allegorical Schemes of the Seventeenth Century

Salvator Rosa
Allegory of Painting
before 1673
drawing
Royal Collection, Windsor

Giacinto Calandrucci
Allegory of Night
ca. 1680-90
drawing
British Museum

Giacinto Gimignani
Allegory - Old man with skull and child with mask
before 1680
drawing
British Museum

ALLEGORY  Description of a subject under the guise of some other subject of aptly suggestive resemblance.

"Properly and in his principall vertue Allegoria is when we do speake in sence translative and wrested from the owne signification, nevertheless applied to another not altogether contrary, but having much conveniencie with it."  George Puttenham (attributed) in The Arte of English Poesie, 1589

"These two mothers and the children borne of them were Allegories, that is, figures of some other thing mystically signified by them."  William Whateley in Prototypes, or, The Primary Precedent, 1639

 definition and citations from the Oxford English Dictionary

Andrea Camessei
Allegorical figures in landscape
frontispiece design for Documenti d'Amore by Francesco da Barberino
ca. 1640
drawing (print study)
British Museum

Cornelis Bloemaert after Andrea Camessei
Allegorical figures in landscape
frontispiece for Documenti d'Amore by Francesco da Barberino
ca. 1640
engraving
British Museum

Pietro Testa
Allegory of Truth or Virtue
before 1650
drawing
Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Pietro Testa
Allegory of Genius escaping Time
ca. 1644
drawing
Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Andrea Sacchi
Allegorical ceiling design
ca. 1640
drawing
British Museum

Domenichino
Allegorical figure of Charity
ca. 1622-27
drawing
Royal Collection, Windsor

François Chauveau
Allegorical composition depicting Delights of Philosophy
ca. 1658
etching
British Museum

Johann Friedrich Greuter after Innocenzo Martini
Allegory of the Borghese family with shrine to Apollo
ca. 1620-25
engraving
British Museum

Ciro Ferri
Choice of Hercules (Allegory of Virtue and Vice)
ca. 1670-80
drawing
British Museum

Hans von Aachen
Allegory of Peace, Art and Abundance
1602
canvas
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Frans Francken the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Younger
Landscape with Allegories of the Four Elements
1635
oil on panel
Getty Museum, Los Angeles