In creating an outline for characters, I want to include a section for notable works (statues, songs, paintings, literature, etc.) made of or about that person. I'm not sure what to title this section.

A search of this site came up with this question relating to honourary gifts, but that's not exactly what I'm looking for. I did consider the term honoraria from one of the answers though this doesn't seem to quite fit, either, as it refers to payment made. The term honorific is used for titles, and doesn't apply either.

It also doesn't necessarily need to include only works in honour of, as works of parody/satire or critique/derision would also be included.

Ideally, it should look something like this:


  • Some Painting: A painting of John Doe...
  • Some Statue: A statue of John Doe found at...
  • Some Ballad: A ballad telling the tale of John Doe...

Bonus points if the term could also include works such as biographies and is not strictly limited to art.

Some possible example sentences:

  • This collection of works, relating to a specific person is referred to as (a) ___.
  • An individual referenced in many pieces of art and literary work has many ___.
  • A heading for a section on historical works of art and literature about one individual would be called ___.
  • To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.
    – Greybeard
    Oct 16, 2021 at 20:05
  • @Greybeard Well, I did include how I want to use it, but I'll edit in some possible sentences. I don't want it limited that way, though, as a good answer may suggest a word that does not fit the sentence.
    – Jason_c_o
    Oct 16, 2021 at 20:48
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    I don't want it limited that way, though, Although I see your point, the problem is that people will insert their own context, and you will not receive an accurate answer. Also, the result will be guesses and "opinion."
    – Greybeard
    Oct 16, 2021 at 20:59
  • People think of a bibliography as only including books and articles, but it can include all kinds of media, and guides such as the MLA will tell you how to cite almost anything. You could list all works featuring a person in a bibliography.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 16, 2021 at 22:29

3 Answers 3


Tributes to John Doe:

A painting by ...

A statue by ...

A ballad by ...

tribute (n.)

An act, statement, or gift that is intended to show gratitude, respect, or admiration. Lexico

A tribute is something that you say, do, or make to show your admiration and respect for someone. Collins

Tribute isn't appropriate for works of derision. It can include satirical and humorous works, including some books that are critical but balanced. However, I wouodn't say that all biographies are tributes. Perhaps "Tributes, Honors, and Works About or Inspired by ..." if there isn't a suitable single-word answer.

Like the BCA's later monument..., the FCA's statue was a tribute to Dowding and all wartime Fighter Command Pilots. Tony Joel; The Dresden Firebombing

Bourne's friend, Simon Barr, used the controversy to fire off a satirical tribute to President Butler in the Columbia Spectator... Bruce Clayton; Forgotten Prophet: The Life of Randolph Bourne

When the book was published, Schoenberg wrote a furious letter to the Press, accusing Mann of intellectual theft. Mann, in a reasoned reply, said the book was a tribute to Schoenberg's tremendous influence on music. For two years relations between the composer and author remained embittered. Normal Lebrecht; Book of Musical Anecdotes

The statue is a tribute to Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900), who died from a heart attack at age 58. Clara Gerhardt; Families in Motion

His [Asher Brown Durand's] most famous painting was a tribute to Cole and to Bryant: two figures standing on a high rock above a waterfall in mountainous landscape, little figures in a big place, called "Kindred Spirits." Russell Lynes; The Art-Makers

Inspired by a party honoring the 37th wedding anniversary of Richie's parents, the ballad was a tribute to the three most important women in Richie's life... David Ewen; American Songwriters

This anonymous ballad is a tribute to Nathan Hale, hanged as a spy Sept. 22, 1776. A. G. Newcomer et al.; Three Centuries of American Poetry and Prose

A comical tribute to newswoman Barbara Walters by the Friars Club. Vincent Terrace; Television Specials

Mr. Chief Justice:
It is a supreme satisfaction officially to accept on behalf of the Government this superb monument to the savior of the republic...This memorial edifice is a noble tribute, gratefully bestowed... President Harding's Address at the Dedication of the Lincoln Memorial

  • And I guess the antonym could be along the lines of dishonours or criticisms. The section could just be "Tributes & Criticisms" or something similar. Thanks for the answer.
    – Jason_c_o
    Oct 16, 2021 at 21:05

You can call it:


Cultural Depictions

In Culture

or something similar, and break it down ny media type, e.g., film, biography, statuary, fictional accounts, etc. Whatever is relevant.

  • I like "In Culture." Oddly, I used Legacy for the larger section this is a part of.
    – Jason_c_o
    Oct 17, 2021 at 7:21

The collected body of a person's works is their oeuvre. But that only refers to works by the person, not by others about the person.

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    Oct 16, 2021 at 21:48
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    Oct 16, 2021 at 22:10

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