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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Ecce Homo - Antonio Ciseri - www.religious-art.org
Ecce Homo
Antonio Ciseri
Ecce Homo 1639 - Guido Reni - www.religious-art.org
Ecce Homo 1639
Guido Reni
Allegory of the Creation c. 1585 - Jacopo Zucchi - www.religious-art.org
Allegory of the Creation c. 1585
Jacopo Zucchi
Crucifixion Diptych (right panel) c. 1460 - Rogier van der Weyden - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion Diptych (right panel) c. 1460
Rogier van der Weyden
Holy Trinity (Pietas Domini) - Unknown Painter - www.religious-art.org
Holy Trinity (Pietas Domini)
Unknown Painter
Archangel Michael Fights Satan, c.1590 - Jacopo Tintoretto (Robusti) - www.religious-art.org
Archangel Michael Fights Satan, c.1590
Jacopo Tintoretto (Robusti)
The Temptation of Saint Anthony - John Charles Dollman - www.religious-art.org
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
John Charles Dollman
Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man) - Albrecht Durer - www.religious-art.org
Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man)
Albrecht Durer
Hell c. 1485 - Hans Memling - www.religious-art.org
Hell c. 1485
Hans Memling
Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels, 1808 - William Blake - www.religious-art.org
Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels, 1808
William Blake
Cupid Chastised  1605-10 - Bartolomeo Manfredi - www.religious-art.org
Cupid Chastised 1605-10
Bartolomeo Manfredi
The Earthly Paradise - Peter Wenzel - www.religious-art.org
The Earthly Paradise
Peter Wenzel

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