Creative task: Modern Allegory

The Old Masters of Art often used allegories to represent hidden meanings, for example political or religious. Allegories were usually depicted as human figures carrying attributes that allowed viewers to understand the context of an image, just like examples below.

The Allegory of Painting, François Boucher, 1765

The Allegory of Poverty, Adriaen van de Venne, 1630-1640

Try to come up with your own allegory of an important current issue, as shown in the video below. Collect all the props and take photos of your allegory – you can ask someone to pose or just use a self-timer. You may share the results of your work on social media.

Module: The Allegory of Painting, Johannes Vermeer