The Hidden Language of Symbols covers a wide-ranging selection of visual culture and art under one unified theme: symbols. Often not immediately apparent, our day-to-day lives abound with symbols of various kinds, from national emblems to emojis, allegories to logos, all of which have a fascinating story.
Organised across four all-encompassing themes; power, faith, hope, and uncertainty, this stimulating illustrated account of forty-eight key symbols from global art history is aimed at museum-goers, armchair art sleuths, or anyone who wants to understand the history of their visual environment from an unusual and creative angle.
Drawing on artistic examples from the imaginary, natural, physical, and religious worlds, from dragons to eagles, butterflies to labyrinths, and rainbows to wheels, author and art historian Matthew Wilson discusses the lives of these different types of symbols.
Analysing their development, why they evolved, and the various ways they have been interpreted, Wilson also explains in what way symbols are markers of identity, that is, how they gain the power to unite and divide societies. Looking at how they have shaped the world beyond the museum, Wilson reveals their impact on the appearance of our cities, the language of advertising, and even the design of corporate logos.
Hardback, 272 pages, 249 colour illustrations
Author: Matthew Wilson
** LAST POSTING DATES BEFORE CHRISTMAS **
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States, Japan: Friday 8th December
UK Royal Mail2nd Class: Friday 15th December
- The Gallery Shop is open 10-5pm Tue-Sun and Bank Holidays in line with Gallery opening hours. -
- Click & Collect orders made after Saturday 2pm will not be available to collect until Wednesday 10am, wait for for your collection confirmation before visiting -
- International orders may be subject to local customs charges, for which the customer is liable -
- Friends & Patrons receive 10% off in the Gallery Shop (not available on the Online Shop). Simply show your membership card at the till -
Click & Collect:
If you're local, why not try our click and collect service. Every purchase helps support us. Simply select 'Pick Up' instead of 'Ship' at the Delivery Method during Check Out.
Click & Collects available from Wednesdays 10-5pm from the Gallery Shop. To pick up on a weekend, order by 3pm on the Friday before. Please don't come to pick up a Click & Collect order until you have received your 'Ready for Pick-Up' email.
UK shipping starts from £1.95 and increases incrementally to £2.95, £3.95, and £6.95 for higher value orders (signed for service) or orders that may need to be split into separate parcels.
These costs cover Royal Mail shipping costs and packaging.
We do our absolute best to ship all purchases as soon as possible and aim to send most orders out within 3-5 working days. During busy periods this may increase slightly. Standard UK orders are sent with Royal Mail 2nd Class. Higher value items are sent via Royal Mail recorded delivery. If you require more urgent shipping please get in touch with us prior to ordering by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning: 020 8299 8741
International Shipping Costs:
Europe shipping has been paused whilst we plan the best way to send orders reliably. Prices start from £8 and goes up to £12, £16 and £22 for higher value orders.
US, CA, AUS & NZ shipping starts from £12 and goes up to £18, £22, and £36 for higher value and bulky orders.
If you would like to get an item shipped to a country that isn’t listed please email email@example.com with the following:
We will get back to you with a quote as soon as possible.
Our standard International shipping prices do not cover recorded delivery. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss paying extra for this service.
Please note: orders sent to the EU and internationally may be subject to local customs charges, for which the customer is liable.
If you purchase an item and you’re not completely happy with it, you are welcome to return it to us (at your expense) and providing it arrives back safely, and in the exact condition it was sent, we’ll give you a full refund. We comply fully with the distance selling act regulations and you have seven working days from the day after you receive your goods to notify us if you’d like to return anything. If an item arrives damaged please get in touch with us as soon as possible. Please note due to hygiene reasons earrings are non refundable unless faulty.
We want you to be happy with anything that you purchase from our online shop, so please don't hesitate to get in touch and we'll be happy to help.