Symbolism

Christian iconography is the science of the description, history and interpretation of the traditional symbols used in art to represent Christ, the saints, the mass, sacraments, virtues, and other religious themes.

Among the more important works included in this session are those by Kirschbaum (C181), Réau (C185), Didron (C177), Aurenhammer (C175), and Rohault de Fleury (C190, C191, C193, C201). Anna Jameson's four works (C179, C189, C192, C203) should be used with caution; for, although one must be grateful to this tireless collector of obviously unfamiliar facts, anyone conversant with the history of the saints, religious orders, or Mary will surely wish she had limited herself to iconography or at least drawn her information from primary sources.

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