A symbolic and esoteric world fills the spirit of this period. Mythology carries a moralizing intention and the black arts, such as play an important role in the intellectual society at that time. We shall see appearing from allegorical and mythological representations of all kinds endowed with a strong symbolism that will unify the representations from the 15th to 18th centuries.
In the 18th century the use of allegories in the representation is widespread and complex, the being purpose of “enseigner dans le plaisir”, an order implementation by a society divided into castes, dominated by the absolute monarchy for the temporal affairs and by the Church for the spiritual affairs. After the 18th century, this vision is going to weaken under the knocks of the rationalism, which will require transparency and rationality in the allegorical images and the use of symbols as illustrated metaphors.
In the Collection, there are also works of:
Heinrich ALDEGREVER, Louis-Pierre BALTARD, Felix BENOIST, Johann Augustus CORVINUS, Coenraad DECKER, Martin ENGELBRECHT, Allart Van EVERDINGEN, Jeremias FALCK, Jules de GONCOURT, Daniel HOPFER, Georg Christoph KILIAN, Jacques-Philippe LE BAS, Sébastien LE CLERC, Jean LE PAUTRE, MAÎTRE MC, Jacob MATHAM, Mathieu MERIAN, Jean Michel MOREAU, Francesc Xavier PARCERISA, Gabriel PERELLE, Pieter Jansz SAENREDAM, Andrea SCACCIATI, Maerten de VOS.
Pictures Museu d’Art Jaume Morera (Jordi V. Pou).