In the Middle Ages, many paintings by famous artists started to become coded and they revealed various Hermetic symbols, often side by side with orthodox Christian iconography. Famous painters such as Botticelli, Bosch and Brueghel all deployed extensive esoteric symbolism.
The Seven Virtues - Giotto - 1306 Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – January 8, 1337), better known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua.