noun [C or U]
a story, play, poem, picture or other work in which the characters and events represent particular qualities or ideas, related to morality, religion or politics:
The play can be read as allegory.
Saint Augustine's 'City of God' is an allegory of the triumph of Good over Evil.
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(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
Term used to describe a method of expressing complex abstract ideas or a work of art composed according to this. An allegory is principally constructed from personifications and symbols (see SYMBOL), and, though overlapping in function, it is thus more sophisticated in both meaning and operation than either of these. It is found primarily in Western art and constitutes an important area of study in ICONOGRAPHY AND ICONOLOGY.
() ━━ a. 寓話（的）の.
al・le・gor・i・cal・ly ad. 寓意的に.
al・le・go・rist n. 寓話作家.
al・le・go・rize ━━ v.
Munich Exhibit Examines Renaissance Romance
The exhibition "True Romance, Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present" examines how art represents the emotion of love.
The exhibition begins in the 14th Century with Italian poet Francesco Petrarca, whose sonnets to the unattainable Laura set off an avalanche of love poetry throughout Europe. Artists soon followed poets in searching for ways to express the power of love.
The show at Munich’s Villa Stuck Museum is divided into six sections examining the Birth of Love, Ideal Love, Real Love, Abysses of Love, Love for Sale and Endless Love. Nearly 200 works are on display.
Reporter: Mariana Schroeder