Catholic allegories

The term ‘allegory’ might have its origin in the Greek words ‘allos’, meaning ‘other’, and ‘agoreuein’, which means ‘speak publicly’. It associates the literal with the figurative sense. The Christian allegory is called exegesis (to explain).

Alegoria terá origem nos vocábulos gregos allos, ou seja outro, e agoreuein que significa falar publicamente. Relaciona o sentido literal com o figurado. A cristã denomina-se exegese (explicar).

Hans Holbein the younger (ca 1497-1543)-‘an allegory of the Old and New Testament’-oil on panel-1530    Edinburgh-Scottish National Gallery

Andrea Pozzo (1642-1709)-‘allegory of the Jesuit’s missionary work’-fresco-(1641-1644)    Roma-Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio

Godfried Schalcken (1643-1706)-‘allegory of Virtue and Riches’-ca 1667    London-National Gallery

Frans Francken the younger (1581-1642)-‘allegory of chance’-oil on canvas-1627    St Petersburg-Hermitage

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)-‘allegory of the Catholic Faith’-oil on canvas-ca 1672    New York-Metropolitan Museum of Art

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