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The term religious art really encompasses a variety of beliefs or schools of thought. However, many people would readily think of Judeo-Christian pieces if someone were to mention religious art. This type of art has been around for centuries. Whether they are in the form of paintings in Cathedrals and chapels or sculptures depicting prominent people of faith or religious events, they pepper the landscapes of many cities all over the world.

This type of artwork is really in the eye of the beholder, as religion can be viewed differently from person to person. Many artists try to capture what they believe to be sights, visions or retelling of stories of gods and goddesses alike. The artist may choose to use canvas or sculpture to portray their work. One very popular piece of religious art would be the painting titled “Creation of Adam” painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Another example would be of the “Madonna” which was painted by Gentile da Fabrino. A well-known sculpture is one called “The Good Shepard”. These are centuries old examples of this type of work, but ones that many people are familiar with.

Even though many people would relate religious art to Judeo-Christian work, the term spans many religions and faiths. It may be sculptures of Buddha, pieces relating to Mother Earth, or of Zeus who is considered to be the god of the sky in ancient Greece, or Venus the goddess of love, and the list is really endless. Many artists have studied these old pieces to gain inspiration from and create their own pieces. This type of work remains as popular as it ever has, if not more so.

Many people choose to decorate their homes, office spaces and even gardens with religious art that represents their faith or beliefs. It is not uncommon to see a statue of Saint Francis Assisi in gardens where animals are abundant as he is referred to as being the patron saint of animals. Many people adorn their homes with crosses as well. Some depict the crucifixion, while others display an empty cross, which is a representation of the risen Christ. Portraits of Jesus and Mary, his mother, are also very popular pieces. People are also drawn to paintings or sculptures of angels. They are said to be messengers from God and many people use them as symbols of loved ones that have passed away. Some would say that the representation of the angel brings them peace, and that would explain their vast popularity among people of many faiths.

Another example of this type of work would be sculptures of Nativity paintings. During the Holiday season, Nativity scenes, which represent the birth of Jesus, are seen in homes, businesses, and churches all across the country. They typically have Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, but can also have many more pieces. That could also be said during the Easter season. A cross is displayed in front of many churches as a representation of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. Examples of these are also displayed in paintings that many people have in their homes. This type of artwork is something that brings comfort to people who hold their faith near to their hearts.

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