ICONCLASS is a subject specific international classification system for iconographic research and the documentation of images. It was developed by Henri van de Waal (1910-1972), Professor of Art History at the University of Leiden, and completed by his staff. ICONCLASS is a collection of ready– made definitions of objects, persons, events, situations and abstract ideas that can be the subject of an image. ICONCLASS organizes iconography into 10 'main divisions' in which the definitions are ordered hierarchically.

A semantic web company that specialises in enhancing iconographic searches. Contains background on the theory and practice of iconography.

The Gombrich Archive

Cesare Ripa:

From the University of Bergamo: 

Italian & English editions (from the Alchemy website)
Iconologia, Iconology

The Warburg Electronic Library project
An interdisciplinary co-operative project of the Seminar of Art History at the University of Hamburg and theDepartment for Information and Communication Technology at the Technical University of Hamburg– Harburg. The project, begun in 1997, is based on the well– known "Image Index of Political Iconography" (Bildindex zur Politischen Ikonographie) which was developed by a research department at the Warburg-Haus in Hamburg. The Image Index gives an iconographic overview of the variety of phenomena which reflect political concepts, processes and demands and their relevance for the history of the arts.

See also links on Christianity

The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine 
Source of much iconography of the saints and Christian narratives. 

Iconography of  Christian Art
Digitised editions from the Warburg Institute, click heading for details

Early Christian Symbols

Colour Symbolism in the Bible

Icons Explained 
Guide to internet sources on Byzantine icons, frescoes and mosaics.

Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Corporal Works of Mercy 
A searchable database of British wall paintings.

Sacri Monti net 
Website with database, bibliography and links on Europeans Sacri Monti. 


Site dedicated to the iconography of Ovid's Metamorphosis.

Classical Art Research Centre: The Beazley Archive, University of Oxford 
Image database and resources on classical art, its collection and reception.

Theoi Greek Mythology 
Comprehensive site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art.

Greek Mythology Link 
Extensive database created by Carlos Parada, searchable by character, place, topic or image.


La Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image

The official site.

The Cartoon Museum, London