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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Crucifixion 1390-96 - Agnolo Gaddi - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion 1390-96
Agnolo Gaddi
Crucifixion (2) 1330s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion (2) 1330s
Giotto Di Bondone
Danae and the Shower of Gold - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.religious-art.org
Danae and the Shower of Gold
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
The Presentation in the Temple, from the predella of... - Gentile Da Fabriano - www.religious-art.org
The Presentation in the Temple, from the predella of...
Gentile Da Fabriano
Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.religious-art.org
Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Farnese Ceiling Fresco - Annibale Carracci - www.religious-art.org
Farnese Ceiling Fresco
Annibale Carracci
Abraham Sacrificing Isaac  1650 - Laurent De La Hire - www.religious-art.org
Abraham Sacrificing Isaac 1650
Laurent De La Hire
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane 1746 - Sebastiano Conca - www.religious-art.org
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane 1746
Sebastiano Conca
The Holy Spirit 1750s - Corrado Giaquinto - www.religious-art.org
The Holy Spirit 1750s
Corrado Giaquinto
The Marriage at Cana c. 1500 - Gerard David - www.religious-art.org
The Marriage at Cana c. 1500
Gerard David
Garden Of Eden - Jacob De Backer - www.religious-art.org
Garden Of Eden
Jacob De Backer
Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants 1511 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.religious-art.org
Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants 1511
Michelangelo Buonarroti

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