Religious art is an exciting topic covering some of the best art ever created, and surrounding some of the real art masters, over many generations and across many cultures. In the west, Christian art is maybe best known, and from that Renaissance art flourished to bring us the likes of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Religious buildings also were used to show off some of the best work around this time. The art and religion worlds have been linked very closely at times when society itself was most concerned in religion.
Today the west has in some ways moved away from religious art and much of it has become sterile, in the opinions of some. Others respect is for its contribution to the art movements that we have today and for the talent that is shown in the works of the more inspiring artists.
Religious art has often used well-known scenes from biblical scripture as the basis for its work, as well as individual people. Christian art frequently turns to Christ and Madonna for inspiration.
Away from the west other religions have also flourished in the art world, although their art styles have been somewhat different. The accuracy of western renaissance art contrasts to other religious works that include more emotion and symbolism, similar to the modern and abstract styles that we now have today.
Religious oil paintings, at the same time as remaining popular with the older generations of art lovers, have struggled to appeal to the younger art generations who can’t imagine them fitting into the style of modern homes. Their traditional style and often grand, bulky frames do not match rooms with a modern, minimalist feel. As such, it seems likely that future religious western art will become more abstract and colorful in style, even as continuing the themes of previous renaissance art.
You can read more about all types of art, together with Baroque & Renaissance in this religious art piece, written by the editors of Vault oil paintings, who offer high quality reproductions.