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 the saints in medieval art and read the legends behind their pictures. Just look up your saint in the list below, or use the search field above to look for saints or elements in a painting.

For example, if you've seen a picture of a saint standing by a tower, just enter "tower" into the search field above 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 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.

Here is our list of saints and special topics. Mary and Jesus are at the end: BIBLIOGRAPHY AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SITE