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100 Allegories to Represent the World / Greenaway, Peter ; Fludd R., 1998

Identifier: CC-31302-32775

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Scope and Contents

This artist book was created by Greenaway at the University of Humanities in Strasbourg, France, with the participation of over one hundred residents who posed for him in the nude. These photographs were combined with computer generated images that hide and reveal a multitude of manipulations using more than 2000 files. Greenaway writes, "Allegory has very largely moved underground in our cultural world. Once an important means of entirely public pictorial communication to those who could not read, it was also, in contradiction, an opportunity for infinite invention by scholars and artists keen to use it as a private language of sign and symbol, It could therefore be, at its most sophisticated, both a very public and a very private language."Greenaway used images from his own movies, paintings and graphic works as well as references from museum art, paintings and printed images over the last 600 years, plus contemporary ephemera from advertising, costume design and packaging and from Muybridge, Diderot, Robert Fludd and others. The latter collect and collate in an attempt to put all the world's knowledge in one place and Greenaway has attempted to do the same in this book. -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1998



0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (279 pages)) ; 32 x 22.3 x 2 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

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Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: London, England : Merrell Holberton. Nationality of creator: British. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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