Saints, Signs, and Symbols: The Symbolic Language of Christian Art (3rd Edition), by Hilarie and James Cornwell
This thoroughly updated and comprehensive new edition of Saints, Signs, and Symbols enhances the well-loved and often used earlier work as a guide to symbolism in Christian liturgical art, architecture, manuscripts, stained glass, and more. 192pp Paper
This new book is more heavily pictorial in an effort to provide an even stronger resource for artists and researchers, as well as the general browsing public. It addresses the rich history of Christian symbolism, presented for the twenty-first century reader.
This unique resource offers page after page of line drawings depicting sacred monograms, saints, crosses, altars, flowers, fruits and trees, plus symbols of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, the Church Year, the Apostles, the Holy Trinity; and much more. Completely updated and with ecumenical appeal, this useful new reference book expands on its earlier and well-earned reputation for providing clear and reliable information on Christian symbolism. 192pp Paper (2009/Original Publication 1964)
Part I: The Lord and the Saints
God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit The Holy Trinity The VirginThe Evangelists The Saints
Part II; Signs of the Spirit
The Church Year
Forms of the Nimbus, Halo, and Aureola
Part III: Symbols of Faith
Beasts and Animals
Flowers and Plants
How to Draw a Shield
Forms of the Shield
Color for Artists
Significance and Use of Colors
Acknowledgments Bibliography About the Authors Index
About the Author(s)Hilarie Cornwell, a professional artist, owns and operates Cornwell ScribeWorks, which produces illuminated manuscript-style artwork for the liturgical gift and publishing markets, with a focus on the Episcopal Church. She has been an invited lecturer at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, California State University Chico, and Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, addressing various topics in religious symbology.
James Cornwell is a professional liturgical calligrapher, specializing in the Gothic lettering styles of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. He is also a consulting herald, assisting groups and individuals with research, design and rendering of coats-of-arms. He teaches seminars around the country in medieval-style calligraphy.