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Symbols in Art -- A Visual Glossary

Enigma Metafisico (Metaphysical Enigma)The following "visual glossary" is designed for those people who want to explore and understand the symbolism pervading my artistic creations. It is intended to help you navigate your way through an array of topics that are peculiar to my Metaphysical Surrealist experience.

Carousel of the MindThis glossary combines several modes of interpretation of an objective reality, and by showing you the function of colours, how animate and inanimate objects are used and placed in the composition of a work of art, I hope that you will recognize that there is a symbolic element in all art. Such a recognition will be helpful when visiting art exhibitions and museums.

L'Atelier de l'Imagination (The Studio of the Imagination)Consequently, this glossary should be used only for instructional pleasure. It should assist you in the process of cultivating your own psyche and forming your own opinion about symbolism in the arts. Remember that you are the viewer and the ultimate interpreter of the technique, the subject matter, the composition, and the coloristic effect of a painting. It is my belief that, by now, you have realized that a mirror reflects only what is in front of it. Therefore, your interpretation is subject to your cultural background. Keep on reading poetry, short stories, novels, plays, mythology, history and whatever fancies your curiosity and by doing so you will enrich not only your mind but you will acquire the basic knowledge and skills to enable you to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively on any other subject besides art.

Joseph Cusimano

Anthropomorphous Tree
Anthropomorphous
Tree
Apple
Apple
Aqueduct
Aqueduct
Bird
Bird
Blue
Blue

Boat/Sailing Ship
Boat/Sailing Ship
Butterfly
Butterfly
Clouds
Clouds
Column
Column
Cone
Cone
Cube/Dice
Cube/Dice
Cypress
Cypress
Egg/Embryo
Egg/Embryo
Hole
Hole
Horse/Rider/Jockey
Horse/Rider/Jockey
Eye
Eye
Lips
Lips
Mannequin (monochromatic)
Mannequin
(monochromatic)
Mannequin (polychromatic)
Mannequin
(polychromatic)
Parallelepiped
Parallelepiped
Pear
Pear
Rose
Rose
Running Figures
Running Figures
Sculpted Mountains
Sculpted Mountains
Seashell
Seashell
Sphere
Sphere
Stone/Skull
Stone/Skull
Vegetation/Grass
Vegetation/Grass
Vine/Grapes/Wine
Vine/Grapes/Wine
Water/Sea
Water/Sea
White/Light
White/Light

Greek/Roman Mythology
Athena/Minerva
Athena
Bacchus
Bacchus
Eros
Eros
Venus
Venus

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