Etymologically, the word quatrefoil means "four leaves", and applies to general four-lobed shapes in various contexts. When is the last time you wished on a four leaf clover? Did you know you were wishing on a quatrefoil?
In heraldic terminology, a quatrefoil is a representation of a flower with four petals, or a leaf with four leaflets such as a four leaf clover.
The quatrefoil became popular during the Gothic revival and Renaissance era, but can still be seen on countless churches and cathedrals. Most often they are at the top of a Gothic arch with stained glass. Lorenzo Ghiberti crafted a very famous quatrefoil made of bronze panels, which is displayed on the north doors of the Baptistery in Florence, Italy.
This is a close up of the gorgeous panels.
In architecture and traditional Christian symbolism, a quatrefoil is a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter.
Do you have a favorite quatrefoil? Mine would be the four leaf clover, a well-known symbol of good luck. According to legend, Eve carried a four leaf clover from the Garden of Eden. The odds of finding a four leaf clover is estimated 10,000 to 1. Have you ever found one? As a little girl I spent many hours looking for one!
What do the four leaves symbolize? One leaf is for HOPE ... the second for FAITH ... the third for LOVE ... and the fourth for LUCK!
Thank you for stopping to visit me this week. I am linking with Ms. Jenny for Alphabe-Thursday. I'm curious to see what words the other participants have submitted.