Throughout history, art has been a symbol of hope and progress. The same can be said about religion. Among the most intriguing world of religious art include the 7 famous artistic items below.
- The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
One of the most controversial art works of all time, The Last Supper by da Vinci depicts the disciples seated together for the last time before Jesus was crucified. It is a simple picture but full of hidden messages both religious and scientific as Leonardo intended.
El Greco depicts the birth of Jesus and the amazement that the shepherds were filled with. Looking at the piece of art, one can conclude that the shepherds were so humbled and amazed at the glowing child in the hands of his mother. One of them kneels to worship the young Lord.
The Angelus is the Catholic prayer that is recited at noon for the dead. In the picture depicted by Millet, a young farming couple has put aside their working tools and are deeply in the noon prayer. It is a humbling picture inspired by the life events of the artist.
This picture by Murillo depicts the Virgin Mary in the heavens with the sun around her head. Murillo derived the idea of her majesty from the book of Revelations which speaks of a woman with the sun around her head and the moon at her feet. It is a majestic picture that stands out from the rest.
In another one of his many masterpieces, El Greco painted the picture of a tearful Peter crying while looking to the heavens. He had just denied that he does not know Jesus as the soldiers took him away.
Raphael did many paintings in his lifetime. However, this one is arguably the best he ever did. It is a depiction of the view of the heavens as held by the Catholic Church. On the throne is Jesus while God stands behind his throne. Below the feet of Jesus is the Holy Spirit with the Saints surrounding the throne down to the earth.
This is a depiction of Mary, the mother of Jesus, being crowned by God and Jesus. Above her head is a white dove, which stood for the Holy Spirit. At her feet are the angels of the heavens.
These are just seven of the most renowned pieces of art in religious history. Many other small pieces of religious art can be found at Holy Art and other online stores specializing in religious art.