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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Pietà (detail) 1472 - Giovanni Bellini - www.religious-art.org
Pietà (detail) 1472
Giovanni Bellini
Drunkennes of Noah c. 1515 - Giovanni Bellini - www.religious-art.org
Drunkennes of Noah c. 1515
Giovanni Bellini
Crucifixion of St Peter 1426 - Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni) - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion of St Peter 1426
Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni)
Crucifixion (2) 1330s - Giotto Di Bondone - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion (2) 1330s
Giotto Di Bondone
Ecce Homo Triptych 1559-60 - Maerten van Heemskerck - www.religious-art.org
Ecce Homo Triptych 1559-60
Maerten van Heemskerck
Finding of Moses - Gaspare Diziani - www.religious-art.org
Finding of Moses
Gaspare Diziani
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
Crucifixion (Crocifissione)   1 - Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni) - www.religious-art.org
Crucifixion (Crocifissione) 1
Masaccio (Tommaso di Giovanni)
Annunciation (detail) 1469 - Cosme Tura - www.religious-art.org
Annunciation (detail) 1469
Cosme Tura
Adoration of the Shepherds 1622 - Gerrit Van Honthorst - www.religious-art.org
Adoration of the Shepherds 1622
Gerrit Van Honthorst
The Marriage at Cana c. 1500 - Gerard David - www.religious-art.org
The Marriage at Cana c. 1500
Gerard David
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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