Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form

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University of California Press, 2000 - Art - 417 pages
Marina Warner explores the tradition of personifying liberty, justice, wisdom, charity, and other ideals and desiderata in the female form, and examines the tension between women's historic and symbolic roles. Drawing on the evidence of public art, especially sculpture, and painting, poetry, and classical mythology, she ranges over the allegorical presence of the woman in the Western tradition with a sharply observant eye and a piquant and engaging style.
 

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Contents

The Female Presence Today
1
The Street Paris
18
The Front Page London 3 8
38
The Figure in Myth
61
The Bed of Odysseus
88
The Aegis of Athena
104
The Goddess of Success
127
The Sword of Justice
146
Lady Wisdom
177
The Body in Allegory
209
The Sieve of Tuccia
241
The Slipped Chiton
267
ij Nwrfa Veritas
294
Epilogue
329
ABBREVIATIONS
335
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Among Marina Warner's books are From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (1995), Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1983), and Joan of Arc (California, 1999).

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