Shirley Smith

Renaissance Art Historian

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The Garden House, Bruisyard,

Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2ED

Pearls & Pomegranates, Peacocks and Pipes: The Hidden Language of Renaissance Art

It is sometimes difficult for us to understand the full meaning of a painting from the past due to the wealth of symbolism it contains, much of it obscure to us today but instantly recognisable to contemporaries. This lecture aims to peel back the layers of Renaissance art by deciphering the meaning of some of these symbols - spiritual and secular, virginal and vulgar - and so enable us to read these paintings as had the people for whom they were intended.


Lorenzo Lotto Venus and Cupid 1540

Image source: Web Gallery of Art