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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Nativity 1452 - Petrus Christus - www.religious-art.org
Nativity 1452
Petrus Christus
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)
Pietà (detail) 1472 - Giovanni Bellini - www.religious-art.org
Pietà (detail) 1472
Giovanni Bellini
The Young Martyr - Paul Delaroche - www.religious-art.org
The Young Martyr
Paul Delaroche
The Ecstasy Of St Catherine Of Siena 1743 - Pompeo Gerolamo Batoni - www.religious-art.org
The Ecstasy Of St Catherine Of Siena 1743
Pompeo Gerolamo Batoni
Triptych of Jan Des Trompes 1505 - Gerard David - www.religious-art.org
Triptych of Jan Des Trompes 1505
Gerard David
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
Drunkennes of Noah c. 1515 - Giovanni Bellini - www.religious-art.org
Drunkennes of Noah c. 1515
Giovanni Bellini
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
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

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