Religious Art - all of these definitions have been used at one time or another to define religious art. The most common definition is that religious art is that which depicts biblical themes. Such art abounds, particularly that done in earlier centuries; but it is still prominent today.

The next suggestion-that art is what religious artists do-saw its highest expression in the Renaissance when the church employed great artists who experimented with themes not only from biblical settings but from classical mythology as well. Often in history, "religious art" was what the church officially declared to be religious art. The most extreme example of this style is to be recalled in the Inquisition of the sixteenth century and in iconoclastic excesses right up to the present time.


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Hell, detail of the lustful, c.1394 - Taddeo Di Bartolo - www.religious-art.org
Hell, detail of the lustful, c.1394
Taddeo Di Bartolo
Holy Family with the Infant St. John (Doni Tondo) - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.religious-art.org
Holy Family with the Infant St. John (Doni Tondo)
Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer - Jean-Léon Gérôme - www.religious-art.org
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer
Jean-Léon Gérôme
A Bearded Saint Or Prophet In A Landscape, Probably... - Pier Francesco Mola - www.religious-art.org
A Bearded Saint Or Prophet In A Landscape, Probably...
Pier Francesco Mola
The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, The 100... - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.religious-art.org
The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, The 100...
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Annunciation 1609-10 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.religious-art.org
Annunciation 1609-10
Peter Paul Rubens
Last Supper (copy) 16th century - Leonardo Da Vinci - www.religious-art.org
Last Supper (copy) 16th century
Leonardo Da Vinci
Holy Trinity - Pieter Coecke Van Aelst - www.religious-art.org
Holy Trinity
Pieter Coecke Van Aelst
Crucifixion 1460-65 - Paolo Uccello - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion 1460-65
Paolo Uccello
Christ Accused by the Pharisees (detail) 1308-11 - Duccio Di Buoninsegna - www.religious-art.org
Christ Accused by the Pharisees (detail) 1308-11
Duccio Di Buoninsegna
Table of the Ten Commandments - Unknown Painter - www.religious-art.org
Table of the Ten Commandments
Unknown Painter
The Temptation Of St Anthony - Lucas Van Leyden - www.religious-art.org
The Temptation Of St Anthony
Lucas Van Leyden

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