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In Christian art, the dove has been painted above Christ's head to symbolize the Holy Spirit. This painting with the dove is the Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca (1450s).
Peace Dove: (symbol) The dove has long been a symbol of purity and peace, which is why it is often used as a symbol for Christmas. In Christian art, the dove has been painted above Christ’s head to symbolize the Holy Ghost as exemplified in the 1450s painting the Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca. The Bible tells the story of the dove and Noah’s ark. After the rains came and flooded the earth, Noah sent out different birds to bring back some sign of land. It was the dove that returned carrying an olive branch. Pablo Picasso’s Dove of Peace became the Cold War symbol for peace when it was chosen as the poster for the 1949 World Peace Congress. Picasso’s daughter Paloma (Spanish for dove/pigeon), a designer, created a sterling silver dove pendant that you can buy at Tiffany & Co. (if you would like to give a peace dove necklace as a gift).Bird Word of the Day