Juan Eduardo Cirlot Laporta 9 April — 11 May was a Spanish poet , art critic , hermeneutist , mythologist , and musician. There he matriculated high school from the College of the Jesuits and worked in a customs agency and the Banco Hispanoamericano while also studying music. In , he was mobilized to fight for the Second Spanish Republic. In early , he was mobilized again, but this time by the pro- Franco side. During this period, he read many avant-garde art books and magazines. In the summer of , he returned to Barcelona to work in the Banco Hispanoamericano.
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A Dictionary of Symbols. Symbolism is as old as the human ability to link ideas and beliefs with objects and occurrences in the world. Integral to ancient Eastern philosophy and Western medieval traditions, the study of symbolism was powerfully revived in the twentieth century through interest in the psychology of the unconscious: in myths, dreams, and visions; and in literature and art, especially surrealism.
Originally published in and extensively revised in , A Dictionary of Symbols is one of the best-known references of its kind. It compiles information on hundreds of symbols and their meanings from a wide variety of sources in an encyclopedic format. In addition, many of the entries--such as on the cross, dragons, numbers, serpents, trees, water, and the Zodiac--can be read as independent essays. Long considered a classic by readers interested in every discipline to which symbolism is related, this edition includes a foreword by Herbert Read, an in-depth introduction by the author, and 32 pages of illustration.
Cirlot was a poet, critic, and intellectual in the Surrealist movement in s Barcelona. Later he focused his energies on the study of symbolism, culminating in his masterwork, A Dictionary of Symbols. A Dictionary of Symbols J.
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A Dictionary of Symbols. Humans, it's said, are symbolizing animals. At every stage of civilization, people have relied on symbolic expression, and advances in science and technology have only increased our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is considered a science, and this informative volume offers an indispensable tool in the study of symbology. It can be used as a reference or simply browsed for pleasure. Many of its entries — those on architecture, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for example — can be read as independent essays.