Week 05
November 5th 2010
Visit to the National Gallery - Allegory
Report by Adrian
We enjoyed our second guided tour with Karly Allen and Colin Wiggins, at the National Gallery, this time discussing Allegory.

I went around with Karly’s group where we looked at Bronzino’s allegory of love with Venus and Cupid, Caravaggio’s boy bitten by a lizard, and then ‘A young man and a woman making music’ by Jan Molenaer.

One of the things that struck me in Karly’s tour was the degree of ambiguity that seemed deliberately created in allegorical works – an ambiguity that creates a certain openness of the meaning, which Karly compared to the openness of meaning within a poem.

The three works she showed, in chronological order, moved progressively from mythological scene into pictures of real people in their everyday lives, but still (surprisingly perhaps) with allegorical content.


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Bronzino, allegory with Venus and Cupid, c1545