SIGNS, SYMBOLS, AND ICONOGRAPHY: THE HIDDEN STORIES IN ART
AboutHow does the modern viewer recognise and interpret the hidden stories told through signs, symbols and iconography in paintings when visiting art galleries? Were paintings merely illustrations of the text, and if so which texts, or did they carry some deeper meaning? How did artists such as Botticelli, Pinturicchio, Titian and Tintoretto approach these subjects? Why were these subjects so popular?
To unravel the hidden iconographical content of paintings, today’s viewers need to reacquaint themselves with what was common knowledge during the Renaissance - the knowledge of religious and mythological signs and symbols. This lecture aims to reveal the hidden language of stories in these paintings and equip the modern viewer with an antique language and a new way to look at paintings through signs, symbols and iconography.
Michael Hoskins Centre The Armidale School
Brown Street, Armidale NSW 2350