From text to image

The Art of Communication

CHAPTER 6: From text to image


Classical myths, biblical stories, and famous works of literature have inspired artists for centuries to give visual form to compelling characters and moving scenes that may only exist as a written text. Artists play with such literary sources like musicians with a score, instilling in their rendering their own personal preferences and styles. These images complement the original texts, expanding their meaning and opening new avenues of interpretation.

Image credit:
Diego Rivera
La maestra rural [The Rural Teacher], 1932 (detail)
Lithograph
The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1986

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