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Christian Art

Christian Art

Christian Art

Christian Art uses themes and imagery from Christianity. Most Christian groups have used art to some extent, although some have had objections to religious images.  There have also been many periods of iconoclasm in which icons and other images or monuments were deliberately destroyed.

Images of Jesus and narrative scenes from the Life of Christ are the most common subjects, and scenes from the Old Testament have played a part in the art of most denominations. Images of the Virgin Mary and saints are more prominent in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy Art. However, there is also an important history of aniconism in Christianity during various periods.

Christianity makes far more extensive use of images than other religions, in which figurative representations are forbidden, such as Islam and Judaism.

Famous Bible Paintings

A Tour of Art

Religions of the World

There are over thousands of different religions in our world if all the regions are divided into church groups, denominations, congregations, religious bodies, faith groups, ethnic groups, cultures, and movements. Below are estimates of the largest religious groupings, sourced from Adherents Data, for ordering the major religions and not for definitive numbers:

  • Christianity, 2.4 billion –  33%
  • Islam, 1.8 billion – 24%
  • Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist, 1.2 billion – 16%
  • Hinduism, 1.15 billion – 15%
  • Buddhism, 521 million – 7%
  • Chinese traditional religion, 394 million – 5.5%
  • Ethnic religions, 300 million – 4.2%
  • African traditional religions, 100 million 1.4%
  • Sikhism, 30 million
  • Spiritism 15 million
  • Judaism 14.4 million
  • Bahá’í 7.0 million
  • Jainism 4.2 million
  • Shinto 4.0 million
  • Cao Dai 4.0 million
  • Zoroastrianism 2.6 million

Nearly 75 per cent of the world’s population practices one of the four most influential religions of the world, Christianity,  Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Reflections

  • Who is your favourite artist in these paintings?
  • Art and Christianity.

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“Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.”
– Proverbs 12:25

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Photo Credit: JOM

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