Renaissance art is studded with layers and layers of symbolic meaning. A whole pictorial language of signs and symbols revealed instructive political, religious and philosophical messages that were well understood in the 14th – 16th centuries. Peacocks, anchors, snakes, mirrors, water, candles, lions and thousands of other seemingly every-day objects held the key to a deeper level of understanding for the viewer. But today, these messages can be lost and the full joy of “reading” a Renaissance painting is often not realised. Join Art History UK guide Richard Stemp – author of “The Secret Language of the Renaissance: Hidden Symbolism of Italian Art” – on a fascinating journey to unravel and reveal the complex and rewarding mysteries of Renaissance Art.