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10 Symbols used in Christian art and their meaning


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Chi Rho - This monogram superimposes the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ. This symbol became widely popular after the Roman Emperor Constantine I adopted it for his vexillum, a flag-like military standard.

Philip Kosloski - published on 02/26/21

Christian art has a rich treasury of symbols that communicate various spiritual truths.

Whenever you walk into a Catholic Church, you may notice various types of artwork on the walls or stained glass windows. These pieces of artwork were carefully crafted not only to be beautiful, but also to communicate divine truths.

Here are 10 such symbols and their spiritual meaning.

  1. The symbolism behind Mary’s Immaculate Heart
  2. Why is Jesus depicted with his heart outside his body?
  3. What do the parts of the human body symbolize in Christian art?
  4. 5 Colors and their symbolism in sacred art
  5. 5 Birds and their symbolism in Christian art
  6. The powerful symbolism of the lion in Christian art
  7. The surprising symbolism of dogs in Christian art
  8. 5 Fruits in art and their spiritual symbolism
  9. What does the peacock symbolize in Christian art?
  10. Ships in art: Symbols of the Church and our pilgrimage to heaven


Read more:
A visual guide to the symbols of St. Peter’s Baldachin


Read more:
How the cross came to be the symbol of Christianity

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