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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Meaning of Sacred Symbols in Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance Painting

Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance Art are rich in philosophical and Christian symbolism. Narrative paintings, with their layer upon layers of readily understood symbolic meaning, provided instruction to the uneducated commoners that yearned for scriptural understanding. Paintings were used as guides that helped illuminate the divine mysteries of Church doctrine. Most prominently featured symbols and their meaning: listed here

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