A useful guide to unlocking the symbolism in sacred art.
What symbols accompany the Risen Christ? Why does Judas wear a yellow garment? Which apostle is portrayed next to Jesus? Religious art is meant to communicate the Good News. Here are a few keys to unlock the symbolism in sacred art.
Depictions of God
Traditionally, Judaism prohibited the representation of God: “You shall not make idols out of stone” (Exodus 34:17). Christianity breaks with this tradition by representing God made flesh in Jesus Christ, adored by the Magi or snuggled in his mother’s arms.