Short Courses

The Secret Language of Italian Renaissance Art

Explore the artistic language and conventions employed by Italian Renaissance artists, especially in the realm of painting. The allegories, visual puns, signs and symbols, which were easily recognised and understood by Renaissance viewers, are now unfamiliar to us.

Being able to read into various elements of a painting enhances one’s intellectual enjoyment of the painting, adding to the visual experience. This course will focus on specific themes and genres to discuss and illustrate the ‘secret’ language used by Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Titian.

About the trainer
Jeffrey Say is an art historian specialising in Singapore and Southeast Asian art history who has undertaken pioneering research and study of sculpture in pre- and post-war Singapore. In 2009, he designed the world’s first postgraduate programme focusing on Asian modern and contemporary art histories at LASALLE College of the Arts, for which he is the Programme Leader.

A public advocate of the importance of art history to Singapore, Jeffrey is a frequent public speaker at museums, universities and galleries, and conducts short courses which remain hugely popular. He is the co-editor of Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, 2016) and Intersections, Institutions, Innovations: A Reader in Singapore Modern Art (World Scientific, 2022), which remain critical anthologies for researchers, curators and students on Singapore art. He is also the co-author of the Exploring Southeast Asia With… series of books (Penguin Random House, 2022).

Note: Course trainers are, on occasion, subject to change with short notice.



No. of classes Days Dates Time
7 Every Thursday 5 Sep – 17 Oct 2024 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Notepad and writing materials.

Who should attend

Art students, prospective art students, art enthusiasts, docents, teachers and/or anyone interested in art history in general.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit
National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

(after National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.