The structuralist tradition has accustomed us, since the 1960’s to see pictures as a sort of texts – by exporting linguistic approaches and terminologies to the study of images. The current development of multi-modal semiotics urges us to get a more plural view, going against the dangers of linguo-centrism of the structuralist view. Here, Peirce’s doctrine of propositions, “Dicisigns”, offers a multimodal alternative. According to this view, propositions are more basic than language and, what is more, propositions are inherently multimodal, immediately able to integrate very different sign modes: pictures, diagrams, gesture, text, etc. A functional, semiotic theory of propositions may understand how picture and text are prototypically connected, while their isolation should rather be seen as special cases, developed for special purposes.