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SUBJECT allegory (artistic device)
REFERENCE ID 300055866
NOTES Method of expressing abstract ideas in the subject of a literary or visual arts work under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive resemblance. An allegory is principally constructed from personifications and symbols. Found primarily in Western art, allegories include combinations of personifications and/or symbols, which, on the basis of a conventionally agreed relation between concept and representation, refer to an idea outside the work of art. The properties and circumstances attributed to the apparent subject of the allegory really refer to another subject in an extended or continued metaphor. Allegories may have meaning on two or more levels that the viewer or reader can understand only through an interpretive process.
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