Vincent van Gogh was a Christian who believe "Christian
art" should breath the spirit of Christ into a troubled
world. He viewed his art as a ministry and this painting
is sometimes seen as a self-portrait. See for
more on this piece.
A photographic hand-colored postcard from about
1890. The Bible does not record that Jesus ever
visited this city, though it is only a few miles from his
Baroque art was intended to show movement, emotion and
detail. The Catholic Church encouraged this style in
the 1600s as a means of telling the stories of the Bible
is a way that spoke to the illiterate in a direct and
emotional way. Notice the detail of the dog in the lower
center and the woman pointing to the dog as if to make her
The tapestry was actually created by weavers working from
a paper "cartoon" by Raphael. In this period most art
developed religious themes.
Heinrich Hofmann came under the influence of the Nazarenes
while in Rome who aimed at developing honesty and
spirituality in Christian art. This painting hangs in
Riverside Church in New York. Notice the almost
contemptuous look on the rich young ruler's face but the
genuine look of love on Jesus'.
The artist is
unknown. The painting is done in an early Medieval
style but is a modern work.
Another of James Tissot's wonderful paintings from his
watercolor series.This one captures the indifference and
disdain in the body language of the Pharisees.
The Roman Arch of Titus depicts the victory of Rome over
the Jews in 70 A.D. Standing at the highest point of the
Via Sacra in Rome is vivid testimony that the words of
Jesus about the destruction of the Temple were true.
Joan de Joanes "He never painted a profane subject, and
emulated Luis de Vargas and Fra Angelico, in never
painting unless he had received holy communion. Painting
for him was a solemn exercise, an oratory process, full of
prayers and fasts."
(behold the man), this dramatic moment
has been depicted many times. Ciseri captures the drama
and the pathos best by allowing the gestures and
expressions to tell the story of anger (Pilate), rejection
(distant figures), and sadness and fear of what may happen
next (the women).
Alexander Ivanov's Christ's Appearance to Mary
Magdalene after the Resurrection
is a oil painting
done in 1835. Ivanov searched for a subject that would
embrace the "whole bulk of history." During his study in
Rome he settled upon biblical themes, especially the
appearance of the Messiah. His best know work is The
Appearance of Christ to the People" on which he worked for