The Hidden Life of Art

Clare Gibson

Clare Gibson is a writer and historian specialising in art history and how to interpret symbols, especially in art, antiquities and architectural details.

Her previous works include The Hidden Life of Ancient Egypt (2009), The Hidden Life of Renaissance Art (2007), The Hidden Life of Art (2006), Symbols of the Goddess: Universal Signs of the Divine Female (1997, 2005), Sacred Symbols: A Guide to the Timeless Icons of Faith and Worship (1997), and Signs and Symbols: A Guide to their Meaning and Origins (1996), all previously published by Saraband.

Educated in Germany and England, she studied modern and medieval history and worked as an editor before focusing on symbolism and her writing career. She is also well known for her Twitter feed as @MrsSymbols and her popular blog, Seeing Symbols.

The Hidden Life of Art

Secrets and Symbols in Great Masterpieces

by Clare Gibson

  • RRP: £14.99 (print)
  • Format: Hardback (with dust jacket)
  • ISBN: 9781887354509


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Gibson teaches how to decipher the hidden clues to the meanings beneath a painting’s surface, whether sacred, mythological or allegorical. This work features 50 masterpieces that are decoded in detail, with reproductions and useful reference summaries.