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Allegory
Art to illustrate and teach

A character, place or event used as a metaphor. Allegorical art often personifies moral, spiritual, or political concepts as people, and uses symbolic imagery to convey meaning.

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A Harlot's Progress Plate 1, William Hogarth

A Harlot's Progress Plate 1 William Hogarth, 1732

A Tree in Late Autumn, Egon Schiele

A Tree in Late Autumn Egon Schiele, 1911

Agnus Dei, Francisco de Zurbarán

Agnus Dei Francisco de Zurbarán, 1635 – 1640

Ahasuerus at the End of the World, Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl

Ahasuerus at the End of the World Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1888

Alcoholic Calavera, José Guadalupe Posada

Alcoholic Calavera José Guadalupe Posada, 1888

Allegorical Composition, Pavel Tchelitchew

Allegorical Composition Pavel Tchelitchew, 1936 – 1937

Allegories of Four Continents, Africa, Rosalba Carriera

Allegories of Four Continents, Africa Rosalba Carriera, 1712

Allegory of Art, Luis Ricardo Falero

Allegory of Art Luis Ricardo Falero, 1892

Allegory of the Catholic Faith, Johannes Vermeer

Allegory of the Catholic Faith Johannes Vermeer, 1670 – 1672

Allegory of the Planets and Continents, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Allegory of the Planets and Continents Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1752

Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence, Titian

Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence Titian, 1550 – 1565

An Allegory of Fame, Elisabetta Sirani

An Allegory of Fame Elisabetta Sirani, 1657

An Allegory of Virtue, Elisabetta Sirani

An Allegory of Virtue Elisabetta Sirani, 1657

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, Agnolo Bronzino

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid Agnolo Bronzino, 1545

Angel of the Revelation, William Blake

Angel of the Revelation William Blake, 1803 – 1805

Animated Fantastic Landscape, Bodo

Animated Fantastic Landscape Bodo, 2001

April, Marianne Stokes

April Marianne Stokes, 1900

Aspiration, Aaron Douglas

Aspiration Aaron Douglas, 1936

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car, William Blake

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car William Blake, 1824 – 1827

Biblical scenes, Bodo

Biblical scenes Bodo, 1953

Chronomonde, Bodo

Chronomonde Bodo, 2000

Circle, Benny Andrews

Circle Benny Andrews, 1970

Cup of Cognition (The Children's Cup), Odilon Redon

Cup of Cognition (The Children's Cup) Odilon Redon, 1894

Death and Life, Gustav Klimt

Death and Life Gustav Klimt, 1910 – 1915

Descent of Christ Into Limbo, Agnolo Bronzino

Descent of Christ Into Limbo Agnolo Bronzino, 1552

Destiny, Henry Tayali

Destiny Henry Tayali, 1962 – 1966

Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together, Thornton Dial

Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together Thornton Dial, 2003

Eight world, lament over the cosmic egg, Ernst Fuchs

Eight world, lament over the cosmic egg Ernst Fuchs, 1947

Eternity, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Eternity Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, 1906

Female Allegory, Angelica Kauffmann

Female Allegory Angelica Kauffmann, 1780

Ghosts of the Forest, Marsden Hartley

Ghosts of the Forest Marsden Hartley, 1938

Glory, Titian

Glory Titian, 1551 – 1554

Golden Brush of Africa, Bodo

Golden Brush of Africa Bodo, 2010

Government, Alfred Kubin

Government Alfred Kubin, 1901

Hortus Deliciarum — Philosophy and the Seven Liberal Arts, Herrad of Landsberg

Hortus Deliciarum — Philosophy and the Seven Liberal Arts Herrad of Landsberg, 1180

I and the Village, Marc Chagall

I and the Village Marc Chagall, 1911

I'm not enlightened, I'm not clear, Chéri Samba

I'm not enlightened, I'm not clear Chéri Samba, 2013

In the Land of Peace, Durdy Bayramov

In the Land of Peace Durdy Bayramov, 1980

Isle of the Dead, 1st Version, Arnold Böcklin

Isle of the Dead, 1st Version Arnold Böcklin, 1880

Isle of the Dead, 2nd Version, Arnold Böcklin

Isle of the Dead, 2nd Version Arnold Böcklin, 1880

Isle of the Dead, 3rd Version, Arnold Böcklin

Isle of the Dead, 3rd Version Arnold Böcklin, 1883

Jacob's Dream, Giorgio Vasari

Jacob's Dream Giorgio Vasari, 1557 – 1558

La Sape 1, Bodo

La Sape 1 Bodo, 2012

La Sape 2, Bodo

La Sape 2 Bodo, 2012

Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People Eugène Delacroix, 1830

Mr. Prejudice, Horace Pippin

Mr. Prejudice Horace Pippin, 1943

Music 1, Gustav Klimt

Music 1 Gustav Klimt, 1895

Night and Sleep, Evelyn De Morgan

Night and Sleep Evelyn De Morgan, 1878

No More Games, Benny Andrews

No More Games Benny Andrews, 1970

Our Lady of Peace, Evelyn De Morgan

Our Lady of Peace Evelyn De Morgan, 1902

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