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Cognitive Information About Symbols

Symbols represent pictures, objects, written words, sounds or something else and stand for ideas, thoughts, notions, feelings and beliefs. Some symbols are commonly used, like white rectangle on the red background implying “STOP”, others have special meaning and provoke deep feelings. The examples of these symbols are the crucifix in Christianity or the Star or David in Judaism. We are surrounded by symbols. Every day we're faced with something that has a symbolic significance. You will find symbols on money, in commercials, music compositions, books, politics etc. To understand the significance of a symbol a viewer should know what this symbol signifies. For example, the Chinese "yin" and "yang" symbol looks like an amusing picture with white and black colors for people that don't know the underlying meaning of the sign. They can enjoy its aesthetic side and design, but they don't see more than that. On the contrary, in case a person understands the origin of the symbol he or she sees not only an image, but an idea of deep correlation of things in our life. During the whole history of humankind symbols were vastly used in art. In this way, one object on a painting speaks a lot about the situation, the thoughts of the painter, his view on life and aspirations. To understand the secret meaning of a music composition or a book we need to pay special attention to details. Every now and then we need to read critics on a certain work of art to get the idea of the author. This is due to the complication of the symbols language. So what are the most widespread symbols in art and what do they refer to? Amid the most common symbols applied in works of art are books, a candle, clocks and mirrors. A book usually signifies transmitting of knowledge and learning. In case you see a lightened candle on a painting it's in the majority of cases a symbol of faith in God or time passing. On the other hand, a put-out candle implies mourning and death. A clock refers to the passing of time. On this point the world-famous painting of Salvador Dali known as “Melting clocks” refers to an idea that nothing in our life complies with some rules. And at last, a mirror represents efforts to get the truth, but in some situations it just signifies the vanity. In this way, symbols are everywhere around us. We just need to be a little more attentive to details to see them.
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