The symbolic images of ’ art
The symbolic images of ’ art used by painters or sculptors can be objects,plants,fruits or symbolic figures. Below you find some of the most used:
Lamb: symbol of Christ in the role of victim of the sacrifice. Represents in particular ’ innocence and meekness.
Tree: element with strong roots in the soil but that will appeal to heaven, so it is symbol of the link between earthly life and divine but is also a sign of rebirth and of the cross.
Water: source of destruction (element that purifies and brings new life) or source of life (According to many myths of origins).
Eagle: sign of royalty, represents essentially the supremacy and the victorious power over evil. Purifying action symbol in the Christian era ’.
Donkey: expression of nobility according to Middle Eastern territories and peoples in Palestine. L ’ current negative meaning that attribute comes from the ancient Greek conception (symbol of ignorance and stubbornness).
Halo: representation of Holiness, always represented as bright circle above the heads of the Saints.
Whale: generally takes two meanings: one positive and one negative revival and initiation of pitfall and dishonesty.
Libra: symbol of Justice,behavior control tool according to the right fit. In the Christian religion is given to the supreme judge who weighs the souls.
Ox: symbol of servitude and gentle strength. Is generally attributed to Luke ’.
Caduceus: emblem which is attributed to Ermes, the Messenger of the gods. This stick that are twisted together symmetrically two snakes symbolize the principle of balance between opposing elements.
Dog: symbol of fidelity,dedication and vigilance. In mythology may represent the guardian-overseer of ’ underworld.
Cavern: place of contact with arcane and dangerous forces from which it can escape through a process of purification or rebirth. ’ since antiquity is also a safe place to hide stolen goods or treasures.
Cedar: for the strength and toughness of the plant from which symbolizes ’ incorruption.
Centaur: half horse and half man represents the dual nature of man ’, animal and supernatural. Then assumes the significance of impulse or domain instead of abandonment to the desires.
Deer: in the Christian religion is the search for spiritual purification ’ soul.
Key: symbolizes the instrument to attain knowledge or power.
Chimera: be great source with goat-like,Lion and snake, represents the frightening ability of land and sea.
At sign: Moon symbol and seasonal renewal (Sometimes it can also represent the resurrection of Christ).
Swan: figuration of purity and symbol of Christ on the cross. In the middle ages took l ’ negative meaning of hypocrisy.
Cherry: symbol of passion and sacrifice (blood red).
OWL: bird that has a vision that enable him to see in the dark, in fact, in ancient Greece ’ night was a symbol of rational knowledge of things (that goes beyond appearances). He recently hired l negative ’ of ill omen.
Dove: symbol of hope, peace and love. Nell ’ iconography of the Christian religion represents the Holy Spirit.
Shell: symbol of birth and fertility. In the Christian religion is the symbol of the pilgrims as allusion to trip (by sea to the Holy Land).
Rabbit: in that small and defenceless animals represent the trust of God. Nell ’ antiquity was a symbol of fertility (even today there are idioms related to rapid breeding of these animals) and if at the feet of Mary denotes the defeat of earthly presumptions.
Coral: According to Greek mythology was created from the blood of Medusa and serves as an amulet to ward off the forces of evil.
Cornucopia: particular Horn-shaped vase, generally decorated with flowers, contains fruits and gifts of various kinds, It is therefore a symbol of abundance.
Dolphin: Figure associated with Poseidon, God of the sea in Greek mythology. For the Etruscan religion carry the souls in the underworld while the ’ Christian iconography represents, sometimes Jesus the Savior.
Dragon: imaginative animal symbol of Lucifer and chaos in ’ Christian iconography. In China is the symbol of ’ Emperor.
Ivy: Evergreen plant that symbolizes l ’ ’ immortality of soul after the death of the body.
Ermine: white-haired and agile animal, symbol of innocence and moral purity. Very often we find it in the works with gifts or ecclesiastical figures.
Butterfly: insect that expresses lightness and fragility, symbolizes the human soul ’.
Phoenix: Bird able to rise from the ashes, symbolizes immortality and rebirth indeed cyclic ’.
Flower: symbol of youthful beauty and life energy, It can also represent the transience of earthly beauty.
River: symbol of renewal and purification due to the continuous flow of water.
Fire: fundamental element but also destructive, one side helps man survive ’ (the heats and sheds light) by ’ other can destroy and kill. In Christian symbolism represents the ’ Hell.
Garden: place of beauty and great attention to detail symbolizes the Virgin Mary or the paradise.
Lily: symbol of purity and are sometimes offered as an example of faith in God.
Gryphon: mystical creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an Eagle ’, represented as absolute ruler of Earth and air. It can also represent l ’ Union of wisdom and strength.
Maze: symbol of the intricate and difficult path that you must take to achieve a certain goal.
Lion: sign of strength and pride, symbol of ’ evangelist mark, were most often located in defense of sacred places.
Book: source of wisdom and religion as essential to many symbol expresses the doctrine.
Moon: associated since ancient times to ’ female figure, that illuminates from ’ top.
Lute: musical instrument, If it's represented with broken chords is a symbol of death.
Almond tree: one of the first trees blooming, symbolizes vigilance.
Apple: symbol of sin and desire. The fruit placed in the hands of Jesus (baby) means that you take upon himself the sins of the world.
Pomegranate: in the Christian religion is a symbol of martyrdom (Red) While the seeds represent the ’ unity of the Church.
Walnut: symbolic representation of body and soul. The shell (hard and durable; body) defends the essential part, the fruit; l ’ soul).
Node: Union symbol in society. Many times meanings related to dissolve or tie anything.
Eye: symbol of spiritual knowledge. If located at ’ or triangle surrounded by bright rays symbolizes the Trinity and the divine omnipresence ’.
Olivo: in ’ ancient Greece was a symbol of victory, in ancient Rome became ’ depiction of the goddess of peace and Christianity is connected to ’ oil that cleanses and nourishes.
Palma: victory symbol, a branch is the ’ eternity and martyrdom.
Pastor: guardian and guide the flock, iconographically represents Christ who leads the faithful and protects them in their journey.
Peacock: symbol of vanity and pride
Sheep: animal helpless and powerless in front of the enemy, symbolizes l ’ humanity.
Pegasus: winged horse born, According to Greek mythology from Medusa's neck cut. ’ l ’ l symbolizes Union of poetic inspiration and vitality and spirituality.
Pera: ’ symbolizes humanity that descends from Eva.
Pearl: because of its shape is associated with perfection, generally symbolizes the Moon and the female figure.
Fish: ’ symbol of Christ and the Eucharist.
Wheel: symbol of the cosmos and of cyclic rotation.
Snake: symbol of evil forces, animal trickster and wily.
Sphinx: Figure with a lion's body and a human head, is often ’ ’ l l enigma and dullness.
Sun: Nell ’ Christian iconography represents resurrection and immortality ’.
Mirror: symbol of vanity but also of knowing oneself.
Road: symbol of fate and good fortune.
Bird: ’ human soul but also symbolizes the desire to break away and abandon the earthly life and get closer to the spiritual.
Unicorn: fantastic animal indicating purity and strength.
Egg: symbol of birth, creation and resurrection (awakening of fertility).
Grape and vine: ’ Eucharist symbol, represents the blood of Christ. Indicates the part of the man's work in spiritual journey.
Pumpkin: symbol of resurrection, peculiarities of the pilgrims.
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