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 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
The Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist... - Giuliano Bugiardini - www.religious-art.org
The Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist...
Giuliano Bugiardini
Garden Of Eden - Jacob De Backer - www.religious-art.org
Garden Of Eden
Jacob De Backer
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
A Carol - Edward Reginald Frampton - www.religious-art.org
A Carol
Edward Reginald Frampton
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
Head of Jesus, Preparation for The Crucifixion, 1893 - Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay) - www.religious-art.org
Head of Jesus, Preparation for The Crucifixion, 1893
Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay)
Nativity (detail 2) 1490-95 - Francesco Di Giorgio Martini - www.religious-art.org
Nativity (detail 2) 1490-95
Francesco Di Giorgio Martini
Pietà (detail) 1472 - Giovanni Bellini - www.religious-art.org
Pietà (detail) 1472
Giovanni Bellini
Ecce Homo Triptych 1559-60 - Maerten van Heemskerck - www.religious-art.org
Ecce Homo Triptych 1559-60
Maerten van Heemskerck

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