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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Jesus and the Pharisees - Jacob Jordaens - www.religious-art.org
Jesus and the Pharisees
Jacob Jordaens
Holy Family - Claudio Coello - www.religious-art.org
Holy Family
Claudio Coello
The Nativity c. 1490 - Gerard David - www.religious-art.org
The Nativity c. 1490
Gerard David
George Whitefield preaching - John Collet - www.religious-art.org
George Whitefield preaching
John Collet
Penitent Magdalene - Domenico Tintoretto (Robusti) - www.religious-art.org
Penitent Magdalene
Domenico Tintoretto (Robusti)
Crucifixion (Città di Castello Altarpiece) - Raphael - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion (Città di Castello Altarpiece)
Raphael
Danae - Joachim Wtewael (Uytewael) - www.religious-art.org
Danae
Joachim Wtewael (Uytewael)
Annunciation 1582-84 - Federico Fiori Barocci - www.religious-art.org
Annunciation 1582-84
Federico Fiori Barocci
The Ascension Of Christ - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.religious-art.org
The Ascension Of Christ
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Vision Of The Throne Of The Lord (The Paris Apocalypse) - French Miniaturist - www.religious-art.org
Vision Of The Throne Of The Lord (The Paris Apocalypse)
French Miniaturist
The Temptation of Saint Anthony - John Charles Dollman - www.religious-art.org
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
John Charles Dollman
Holy Communion - Angelo Graf von Courten - www.religious-art.org
Holy Communion
Angelo Graf von Courten

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