An emblem combines a picture and text for the striking presentation of a message. For example, an emblem entitled In astrologos alongside a picture of Icarus may at first seem mystifying, but the epigram beneath the picture explains that astrologers like Icarus get into trouble because they are overreaching their human limitations. The emblem text concludes that humans should not inquire into the mysteries that God has reserved for himself.
Emblems were a popular subject for 16th century embroidery.
- The English Emblem Book Project - http://emblem.libraries.psu.edu/home.htm
- Embleme Books - http://www.netnik.com/emblemata/
- Mnemosyne Emblem Books - http://www.mnemosyne.org/ep/