Issue 3/2014 of ARAS Connections as usual brings us interesting mixture of news, impressions and images. From Tom Singer’s welcoming words we get to know that „Book of Symbols” is still one of the most often bought books in Tashen’s collections!
„One of the projects that ripened during Carol’s tenure is The Book of Symbols. We recently learned that it remains among the top selling books in Taschen’s collection, even four years after publication (which, in the book world, is a long time!) It now appears in book stores around the world in seven different languages. We are so proud that our long, quiet work has born such fruit in the world and continues to make a significant contribution to the cultures of the world. – Tom Singer”
In the number:
- SELECTIONS FROM THE 2012 ART AND PSYCHE IN THE CITY CONFERENCE – by Linda Carter, member of the Art and Psyche Group
- DREAM TRAIN – by Ron Hartley
- ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY: A BRIDGE TO IMAGINAL WORLDS – by Ryan Bush, PhD
- THE POETRY PORTAL – by Ellen Liberatori
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history. The collection probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections that unite the disparate factions of the human family.
The ARAS archive contains about 17,000 photographic images, each cross-indexed, individually mounted, and accompanied by scholarly commentary. The commentary includes a description of the image with a cultural history that serves to place it in its unique historical and geographical setting. Often it also includes an archetypal commentary that brings the image into focus for its modern psychological and symbolic meaning, as well as a bibliography for related reading and a glossary of technical terms.
The ARAS commentaries honor both the universal patterns and specific cultural context associated with each image, something seldom found in other collections.
Keywords, extracted from approximately 46,000 catalogue subject cards, help users explore archetypal themes of interest to them.
The images and commentaries in ARAS have been collected over a 80-year period (read more about the history of ARAS).