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 Goddess Juno in the House of Dreams - Luis Lopez Piquer - www.religious-art.org
The Goddess Juno in the House of Dreams
Luis Lopez Piquer
The Guardian Angel 1656 - Pietro Da Cortona (Barrettini) - www.religious-art.org
The Guardian Angel 1656
Pietro Da Cortona (Barrettini)
Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants 1511 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.religious-art.org
Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Plants 1511
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Nativity 1452 - Petrus Christus - www.religious-art.org
Nativity 1452
Petrus Christus
Danae and the Shower of Gold - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.religious-art.org
Danae and the Shower of Gold
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
The Marriage at Cana c. 1500 - Gerard David - www.religious-art.org
The Marriage at Cana c. 1500
Gerard David
Holy Family (Sacra Conversazione) 1480 - Alvise Vivarini - www.religious-art.org
Holy Family (Sacra Conversazione) 1480
Alvise Vivarini
Crucifixion (Crocifissione)   1 - Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni) - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion (Crocifissione) 1
Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni)
Crucifixion of St Peter 1426 - Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni) - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion of St Peter 1426
Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni)
Farnese Ceiling Fresco - Annibale Carracci - www.religious-art.org
Farnese Ceiling Fresco
Annibale Carracci
Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.religious-art.org
Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10
Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Last Supper c. 1560 - Juan De (Vicente) Juanes (Masip) - www.religious-art.org
The Last Supper c. 1560
Juan De (Vicente) Juanes (Masip)

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