How to Look at Paintings – Unlocking hidden secrets and symbols in paintings

A recent survey, found that an average viewer looks at a painting in a museum for 2 seconds!
Why are gallery goers spending so little time interacting with art? 
Paintings are often designed to be ‘read’, they contain hidden messages and symbols. These aren’t always obvious upon first glance; why are there oranges in van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’? Where did Hans Holbein hide his messages about mortality in ‘The Ambassadors’? This talk will help to arm viewers with the necessary skills to approach a painting in a gallery or museum, and examine it in detail, delving beneath the surface of the work.