Book Chapter

Allegory, painted and poetic, and the fictions of Trecento art

Anne Dunlop

Parlare dell'arte nel Trecento | Deutscher Kunstverlag / De Gruyter | Published : 2020


This paper begins from a single question: what would early Renaissance allegory look like if we tried to imagine it in structural rather than in iconographic terms? Allegory is a word, as Isidore of Seville notes, suggesting knowledge derived from uncertain cues: taken from the Greek  λληγορία, meaning something like ‹to speak otherwise›, it is marked by a doubled nature, saying one thing but signifying something else. This doubling is close enough to duplicity for ambivalence to surround it: in Hellenistic Greek usage, the term  λληγορία replaced an earlier one, ὑπόνοια , rendered into Latin as suspicio, with all its modern ideas of drawing out the hidden and concealed, of something not tra..

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