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 Flowers in Christian Art
Early Christian 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 Flowers 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 Flowers
The Anemone Flowers - The Anemone symbolizes the Trinity, sorrow and death
Carnation Flowers - A red carnation symbolizes love
Columbine Flowers - The Columbine symbolizes the Holy Spirit
Daisy - The daisy symbolizes the innocence of the Christ Child.
Dandelion Weeds / Flowers - The dandelion symbolizes Christ's Passion.
Hyacinth - The Hyacinth Symbolizes prudence and peace of mind.
Iris Flowers - The iris Symbolizes the Virgin Mary
Lily - The lily symbolizes purity and the Virgin Mary
Myrtle - The myrtle symbolizes those converted to Christ
Pansy - The Pansy symbolizes remembrance and meditation.
Poppy - A poppy symbolizes sleep or indifference, often used in depictions of the Passion of Christ
Rose - The Red rose symbolizes martyrdom, a white rose symbolizes purity and a wreath of roses symbolizes heavenly joy.
Violet - The violet is a symbol of humility