Italian Renaissance Symbols/Motifs

Without a doubt in my mind…when the Renaissance started, they spared nothing to the choice and placement of their symbols and motifs. If nothing else the art of symbology flourished and began to find a new found way of showing meaning to each and every building.

Motifs: Classical motifs appear extensively as embellishment and include the classical figure, cherub, swag, rinceau, rosette, scroll, cartouche (oval medallion) and geometric pattern.

Again below are photos of some symbols and motifs from the Italian Renaissance starting with a few textile patterns showing motifs of flowers, rosettes, cartouches, and geometric pattern: representing naturalistic elements, circulation, pattern, form, wealth and family. The cherub (also known as the winged baby) represents the presence of angels and knowledge. The last photo of a lion represents nobility, strength, courage and royalty and was not just used at entrances but also in mosaics, textile, and family crests. They even incorporated the lion’s foot into the legs of tables and chairs to represent a strong foundation.

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One Response to Italian Renaissance Symbols/Motifs

  1. Doing Visual Arts homework on motifs and found this extremely helpful, thank you 🙂 xx

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