Subjects & Symbols in Art: Christian Iconography

Resources for searching for specific topics and names as depicted in artworks.


Iconography refers to the study of subjects and themes in works of art. It is the discovery of symbolic and allegorical meanings in a work of art. Iconography involves the collection, classification and analysis of data, from which the theme or subject of a work of art is deduced. The researcher must be aware of the historical context of the work in question, and an ‘iconographic fallacy’ can occur when, for example, plainly medieval concepts are incorporated into 17th-century paintings, or when religious and secular genres become intertwined. 


Angels & Demons in Art

Christian Iconography

Saints in Art

Christian Icongraphy Online

Old Testament in Art

New Testament in Art