Saints, Signs, and Symbols

The Symbolic Language of Christian Art, Third Edition

Hilarie and James Cornwell

Jun/2009, 168 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819223456



This thoroughly updated and comprehensive edition enhances the well-loved and often-used earlier work as a guide to symbolism in Christian liturgical art, architecture, manuscripts, stained glass, and more.

This 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 reference book expands on its earlier and well-earned reputation for providing clear and reliable information on Christian symbolism. 


James Cornwell is a professional liturgical calligrapher since 1997, specializing in the Gothic lettering styles of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. He has also worked as 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.



Hilarie Cornwell has been a professional liturgical artist since 1997, and a professional artist and designer for much longer.  With her husband James, she founded Cornwell ScribeWorks, an art studio dedicated to re-creating the aesthetic of the medieval illuminated manuscript, and has created hundreds of original works for cathedrals, churches and private collectors.  She teaches and lectures around the United States in religious symbolism and manuscript illumination technique.

"Visitors to church libraries will appreciate finding Saints, Signs and Symbols, both as a handy reference and a delightful book for browsing." —Congregational Libraries Today

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