Connections between artistic terms in Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens plays a significant role in any study of Shakespeare's engagement with the visual arts. Unlike previous graphs, this static image indicates how artistic terms are related to other words within the play. Counterfeit is connected to terms such as lively, best, and honest; each are terms used to describe good portraiture in Renaissance England. The various meanings of the term shadow are once more made apparent through its connection to ape, a term that at once connotes all artistic imitation (including portraiture and acting) and also suggests an individual's falseness and negative intentions.


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