Iconographic scholar and compiler of a Christian iconographic dictionary. Schiller published her Ikonographie der christlichen Kunst beginning in 1966, an index of iconographic symbolism appearing in Christian art. The volumes pertaining to the New Testament were translated into English in 1971. In 1969 Schiller was appointed a Leiterin (Head) of religious art for the Evangelical-Lutheran church in Hamburg. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Kirchlichen Hochschule in Berlin in 1979 for her work. The Iconography of Christian Art builds on a tradition of scholarly iconographic dictionaries, tracing its roots from The History of Our Lord as Exemplified in Works of Art, 1857, by Anna Jameson (q.v.) and the Ikonographie der christlichen Kunst, 1926-28 of Karl Künstle (q.v.).
Ikonographie der christlichen Kunst. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus G. Mohn, 1966-91, English, Iconography of Christian Art. 2 vols. Greeenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1971.
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