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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2006, Issue 158


Connotations in semiotic systems of visual art (through the example of works by M. A. Vrubel)

Georgij Yu Somov
Published Online: 2006-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2006.005


In art connotations spread denotative structures. Correspondingly, the role of connotations in visual artworks should be as important as it is in systems of verbal information. Hence, developed connotative structures are found in visual artwork. Connotations of visual artworks are based on fundamental codes and develop their basic text. Representamens of denotations and connotations are interrelated and organized in system-structural formations of signals. Text of a visual artwork directs the actualization of connotations on the basis of its principal meanings and communicative structure. Connotations form semantic fields corresponding to basic meanings and text of artworks. These connotations, hidden from direct perception, are discussed with respect to the works of Vrubel.

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Georgij Yu Somov

Georgij Yu. Somov (b. 1946) is a Doctor of Architecture and an Associate Professor at the Moscow State Building University Division of Urban Design 〈nsomova@orc.ru〉. His research interests include the theory of architecture and urban design, semiotics of architecture and visual art, and theoretical semiotics. His recent major publications include ‘Systemforming processes in the semiotic studies of architecture’ (2002); ‘Conviviality problem in the structure of semiotic objects’ (2004); and ‘Structures, signs, and mental activity’ (in press).

Published Online: 2006-04-28

Published in Print: 2006-02-20

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2006, Issue 158, Pages 147–212, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2006.005.

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