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The Meaning behind the Masterpieces: Iconography in Italian Art

September 18, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - October 2, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

An in-person art history course that will help you understand the hidden symbols and meaning behind the most famous Italian masterpieces

Following the success of our Journey into Italian Art classes, we are excited to present a new, three-part miniseries for art lovers. Join us in-person at the Italian Cultural & Community Center for The Meaning behind the Masterpieces: Iconography in Italian Art.

Over three, hour-and-a-half sessions, this class will guide you through the long history of Italian art spanning from Ancient Rome through the twentieth century. By the end of our time together, you will know how to find, identify and understand symbols in some of the most famous Italian masterpieces.

In this class, we will explore iconography, a branch of art history that studies the identification and description of images’ contents. We’ll also go a step further in investigating iconology, the analysis and interpretation of the cultural context that surrounds images. We will observe how images travel through centuries and places to understand the meaning behind some of greatest Italian artworks. As art historians do, we will investigate symbols related to mythology, religion, and popular culture and identify the fictional characters and real people that populate masterpieces: artists themselves, popes, kings, queens, lords, gods, goddesses and many others that made history.

Let’s explore the wonders of Italian art together.


Monday, September 18, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, September 25, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 2, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


$75 ICCC Members | $100 Non-members

Meet Your Instructor

Francesca Lanza was born in Savona, Italy. She has a master’s degree in History of Arts and Management of Cultural Heritage. In Italy, she worked as a museum educator where she enjoyed teaching art. In 2015, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to follow her husband. There, she worked at the local museum of fine arts. At the end of 2016, she moved to Houston where she started to teach private and group classes at the ICCC for students of all ages. She loves teaching Italian language and culture and shares her passion for Italian culture and art with students of all ages.

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is non-refundable, but we offer tuition credit toward a future group class if you cancel 48 hours in advance of the start of the first class. Tuition credit is valid for six months from the start date of the course. If you cancel less than 48 hours in advance, your tuition payment will be converted into a tax-deductible donation to the Italian Cultural & Community Center. You may cancel by phone at (713) 524-4222, ext. 2.

Click here to become a member of the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston and receive special discounts on classes and access to exclusive, members-only events.


September 18, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
October 2, 2023 @ 8:00 pm


ICCC Houston
1101 Milford St
Houston, TX 77006 United States

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