The Index of Christian Art records works of art produced without geographical limitations from early apostolic times up to A.D. 1550. Significant holdings from Coptic Egypt, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia, and the Near East. Seventeen different media are represented in the archive, and these include manuscripts, metalwork, sculpture, painting, and glass.
The Subject File is broken down into five broad categories.
- Figures: Historical, literary, legendary, and mythological, including such themes as bishops, falconers, dancers, personifications, and saints
- Scenes: Ecclesiastical, historical, liturgical, secular, sports and games, and occupational
- Nature: Includes animals, rivers, vegetation, etc.
- Objects: Includes the entire range of secular and sacred objects. Examples include musical instruments, utensils, furniture, vestments, etc.
- Miscellany: Includes symbols or conventional motifs like the Hand of God, signs of the zodiac, monograms, etc