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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Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane 1746 - Sebastiano Conca - www.religious-art.org
Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane 1746
Sebastiano Conca
Crucifixion of St Peter 1426 - Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni) - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion of St Peter 1426
Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni)
A Carol - Edward Reginald Frampton - www.religious-art.org
A Carol
Edward Reginald Frampton
Farnese Ceiling Fresco - Annibale Carracci - www.religious-art.org
Farnese Ceiling Fresco
Annibale Carracci
Satan, Sin, and Death- Satan Comes to the Gates of... - William Blake - www.religious-art.org
Satan, Sin, and Death- Satan Comes to the Gates of...
William Blake
Garden Of Eden - Jacob De Backer - www.religious-art.org
Garden Of Eden
Jacob De Backer
Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10 - Michelangelo Buonarroti	 - www.religious-art.org
Expulsion from Garden of Eden 1509-10
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Pietà (detail) 1472 - Giovanni Bellini - www.religious-art.org
Pietà (detail) 1472
Giovanni Bellini
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen 1638 - Rembrandt Van Rijn - www.religious-art.org
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalen 1638
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Abraham Sacrificing Isaac  1650 - Laurent De La Hire - www.religious-art.org
Abraham Sacrificing Isaac 1650
Laurent De La Hire
The Holy Spirit 1750s - Corrado Giaquinto - www.religious-art.org
The Holy Spirit 1750s
Corrado Giaquinto
Crucifixion 1503 - Lucas The Elder Cranach - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion 1503
Lucas The Elder Cranach

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