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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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
Cupid Chastised  1605-10 - Bartolomeo Manfredi - www.religious-art.org
Cupid Chastised 1605-10
Bartolomeo Manfredi
Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man) - Albrecht Durer - www.religious-art.org
Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man)
Albrecht Durer
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
Tres Riches Heures de Duc du Berry-  Hell   1413-16 - Jean Limbourg - www.religious-art.org
Tres Riches Heures de Duc du Berry- Hell 1413-16
Jean Limbourg
The Last Supper 1542 - Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte) - www.religious-art.org
The Last Supper 1542
Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte)
Pietà - Il Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi) - www.religious-art.org
Pietà
Il Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi)
Crucifixion - Antonello da Messina Messina - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion
Antonello da Messina Messina
Rest on the Flight into Egypt - Luc-Olivier Merson - www.religious-art.org
Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Luc-Olivier Merson
The Council of Trent 1588 - Pasquale Cati Da Iesi - www.religious-art.org
The Council of Trent 1588
Pasquale Cati Da Iesi
The Guardian Angel 1656 - Pietro Da Cortona (Barrettini) - www.religious-art.org
The Guardian Angel 1656
Pietro Da Cortona (Barrettini)

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