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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The Archangel Michael Vanquishing the Devil - Antonio Maria Viani - www.religious-art.org
The Archangel Michael Vanquishing the Devil
Antonio Maria Viani
An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory c. 1610 - Lodovico Carracci - www.religious-art.org
An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory c. 1610
Lodovico Carracci
The Centurion Kneeling at the Feet of Christ or, Jesus... - Joseph-Marie Vien - www.religious-art.org
The Centurion Kneeling at the Feet of Christ or, Jesus...
Joseph-Marie Vien
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Paradise - Alexandre Cabanel - www.religious-art.org
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Paradise
Alexandre Cabanel
Christ With The Four Evangelists 1516 - Fra Bartolomeo - www.religious-art.org
Christ With The Four Evangelists 1516
Fra Bartolomeo
Douce Apocalypse - English Miniaturist - www.religious-art.org
Douce Apocalypse
English Miniaturist
Dante et Virgile au Enfers (Dante and Virgil in Hell) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.religious-art.org
Dante et Virgile au Enfers (Dante and Virgil in Hell)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
A Soul Brought to Heaven 1878 - William-Adolphe Bouguereau - www.religious-art.org
A Soul Brought to Heaven 1878
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Holy Communion - Angelo Graf von Courten - www.religious-art.org
Holy Communion
Angelo Graf von Courten
The Nativity   1 - Jacob De Backer - www.religious-art.org
The Nativity 1
Jacob De Backer
Christ Chasing the Moneylenders from the Temple - Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione - www.religious-art.org
Christ Chasing the Moneylenders from the Temple
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
St Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata - Francisco De Zurbaran - www.religious-art.org
St Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata
Francisco De Zurbaran

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