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Curtain Design for Parade, 1917
This is a very complex symbolic composition and a very important one for Picasso. It shares reveals a great deal of common symbolism with The Unknown Masterpiece.
Curtain Design for Parade, 1917

LadderCommon to both compositions are the the symbols of: a horse, a bullfighter, a sailor, a curtain, a ladder, an angel and a dog.

In addition, in one of the preparatory studies for the curtain, shown above, Picasso depicts a ladder surmounted by a star. This is a classic symbol for the stages of the alchemical process and its ultimate goal or attainment.

This important alchemical symbol is related to a range of other alchemical motifs and symbols which are revealed in The Unknown Masterpiece.

For more detailed information please refer to the following sections.

JPG image (39 K) Curtain Design for Parade, 1917
JPG image (7 K) Ladder
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