Symbolism in art C

The Symbolism A, B & C courses can be taken separately (in any order).
N.B. This course is taught in Dutch.

In this course, we dive back into the world of symbols, personifications and allegories. There is a focus on Christian, secular as well as mythological symbolism. We look at the attributes by which you can recognise various saints; we wander through Biblical and apocryphal stories; we get to know the main mythological figures and delve into the seemingly superficial representations of 'everyday life' that are secretly packed with messages. This course thus covers all of art history. You will get answers to questions such as What appearances does Mary Magdalene know? By what do you recognise Hercules? What is the symbolic meaning of different flowers and plants and how do you recognise which angel?


In this Symbolism in Art C course, we will cover the symbolism of a specific subject or theme in each lesson. Among other things, we will discuss the highly versatile appearance of Mary Magdalene in art; important mythological figures such as Hercules and Apollo; the symbolism of various animals, flowers and plants; the various appearances of angels and great painting programmes brimming with symbolism.


How does that work online?

You follow this lecture online from your own computer or tablet. All you need is a good internet connection and sound. Lecturer and images will automatically appear on your screen. If you cannot attend 'live', you can watch the replay of the lesson another time.


Free trial lesson

Want to know if this course and taking it online is for you? You can join lesson 1 of this course as a free trial lesson without any obligations. You can register for this free trial lesson directly via this link.

Course details

6x Thursday evenings, start 31 October
31/10/202419.30 - 21.30
07/11/202419.30 - 21.30
14/11/202419.30 - 21.30
21/11/202419.30 - 21.30
28/11/202419.30 - 21.30
05/12/202419.30 - 21.30
Registration closes 17 November

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Reviews of this course

I enjoyed this course. Found it very interesting and Hanneke gives clear structured lectures. What particularly appealed to me about the two symbolism courses is that quite complex subject matter is still made understandable, fun, accessible without lowering the level. So I am very pleased with the course, also especially because they are online and can be watched again quietly for a second or third time.
About Symbolism in art B
Took the courses Symbolism and Introduction to Art History. Both are among the top art history courses I took from various providers in recent years. Great lecturer. Extremely enjoyable storytelling style. I mainly use the "look back mode" and then enjoy using the summary with it. Look forward to follow-up courses.
About Symbolism in art A

Lecturer of this course

Hanneke Lenders

Hanneke Lenders

Art historian Hanneke Lenders is one of KLU's lecturers as well as its manager. Her specialism is originally in early Christian art and late medieval prayer books, but over the years she has added other loves such as Mondriaan and modernist architecture. Hanneke teaches several courses for beginners such as the course Introduction to Art History. So she is the one who will guide you through the whole history of art.

Recommended literature

Should you wish to delve further into the subject of this course, we recommend the following books. This is not compulsory literature for the course.