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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Nightmare 1800 - Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard - www.religious-art.org
Nightmare 1800
Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard
Hell c. 1485 - Hans Memling - www.religious-art.org
Hell c. 1485
Hans Memling
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden   1 - Anonymous Artist - www.religious-art.org
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden 1
Anonymous Artist
The Council of Trent 1588 - Pasquale Cati Da Iesi - www.religious-art.org
The Council of Trent 1588
Pasquale Cati Da Iesi
Pietà - Il Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi) - www.religious-art.org
Pietà
Il Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi)
(Quod Est Veritas?) What is Truth? Christ and Pilate... - Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay) - www.religious-art.org
(Quod Est Veritas?) What is Truth? Christ and Pilate...
Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay)
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.religious-art.org
Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee
Rembrandt Van Rijn
A Christian Martyr on the Cross (Saint Julia) - Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max - www.religious-art.org
A Christian Martyr on the Cross (Saint Julia)
Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max
Nightmare (The Incubus) 1781-82 - Johann Henry Fuseli - www.religious-art.org
Nightmare (The Incubus) 1781-82
Johann Henry Fuseli
The Flood with Noah's Ark - Jan The Elder Brueghel - www.religious-art.org
The Flood with Noah's Ark
Jan The Elder Brueghel
Rest on the Flight into Egypt - Luc-Olivier Merson - www.religious-art.org
Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Luc-Olivier Merson
Amesbury Psalter - English Miniaturist - www.religious-art.org
Amesbury Psalter
English Miniaturist

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