In the period encompassing
Medieval art iconography began to be standardised and to relate more
closely to the texts found in the Bible and became the basis for many of
the images found in Meaning of Trees in Christian Art
Art - Symbolism and Icons
The definition of the Christian Symbol or Icon in early
religious Christian Art forms. A flower in Christian Art is used to represent abstract ideas or
concepts - a picture that represents an idea and fundamental to
understanding the icons and images found in Christian Art. A
religious icon is an image or symbolic representation with sacred
significance. The meanings, origins and ancient traditions surrounding
Trees in Christian Art symbols date back to early times when the majority
of ordinary people were not able to read or write and printing was
unknown. Many Christian Art symbols or icons were 'borrowed' or
drawn from early pre-Christian traditions.
Early Christian Art
Symbols - The Meaning of Trees
Trees as Christian Symbols
represents the following:
Acacia Trees - Acacia
symbolizes the the Virgin's purity
Almond Trees - Almond symbolizes divine approval (Numbers 17:1-8)
Bulrush Plants - The bulrush symbolizes faithfulness and humility
Cedar of Lebanon Trees - The cedar symbolizes Christ
Chestnut Trees - Chestnut symbolizes chastity
Clover Plants - The clover, or shamrock, is a symbol of for the Trinity.
Cyclamen Plants - The Cyclamen symbolizes the Virgin Mary
Cypress Trees - The cypress symbolizes death
Elm Trees - The elm symbolizes dignity and faithfulness.
Fern Plants - The fern symbolizes humility
Fig - The fig symbolizes lust or fertility
Fir Trees - The Fir tree symbolizes patience.
Grapes - Grapes symbolize the blood of Christ
Holly Plants - Holly symbolizes Christ's crown of thorns and His
Hyssop Plants - Hyssop Symbolizes penitence, humility and baptism
Ivy - Ivy Symbolizes faithfulness and eternal life.
Laurel Trees - The laurel Symbolizes victory or triumph and can also
Lemon Trees - Symbolizes fidelity in love
Olive Trees - The olive symbolizes peace
Orange Trees - Orange blossoms symbolizes purity, chastity and
Palm - Palms symbolizes victory.
Reed Plants - The reed symbolizes humiliation and is a symbol of
Willow Trees - The willow symbolizes the Gospel