Cranach, The Marriage of Catherine of Alexandria to Christ
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), "The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine," circa 1516, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Christian Iconography

This is the web's premiere site for Christian iconography, where you can learn how to identify symbols and saints in medieval art and read the legends behind the saints' pictures. Just look up your saint or symbol in the list below, or use the search field above.

For example, if you've seen a picture of a saint standing by a tower, just enter "tower" into the search field and we will take you to St. Barbara's page. We'll explain the story behind her tower, give you lots more pictures, show how her portraiture changed over the years, and link you to actual medieval legends about St. Barbara. (Google may put a few commercial pages at the top of the search results; just scroll down a little and you'll see the page from this site.)

All the pages are "mobile friendly," so do look us up on your smartphone when you're visiting museums and churches.

SYMBOLS SAINTS (Mary and Jesus are at the end) THE VIRGIN MARY JESUS CHRIST BIBLIOGRAPHY AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SITE