Christianity From an Artist's Eyes 

This gallery delves into the use of viewer perspective from multiple mediums. Through the use of illusions, houses of worship utilized techniques such as linear perspective to create other worldly spaces that couldn't otherwise exist in a literal sense. Much of the masterpieces we find at historic religious sites today still hold strong value for those of the Christian faith. The sense of realism and craftsmanship behind these works of art truly illustrate the influence of God in eyes of the their respective creators.

This picture represents a portion of the Sistine Chapel where we can see the last judgment depicted. Although the picture is black and white, the concept is a fresco piece designed to fool the eye.
Arguably one of the more famous portions of the Sistine Chapel is shown here. Michelangelo's approach to this was to create points where the viewer would find themselves immersed in illusion.
Finally, this wide shot of the Sistine Chapel shows the culmination of two years work. The piece is riddled with plays on perspective and busy movement with the subjects that are depicted.
This piece illustrates linear perspective. This method was very popular during the Renaissance and grew exclusively within Christian houses of worship. Behind the subject, we see perception of depth.
Again, we see how the Vatican took exclusive interest in the use of linear perspective as well as the perception of depth. This method was used to enhance the concept of spacial perspective.
Like the Sistine Chapel, we find another fresco with heavenly imagery designed to create the illusion of the ceiling reaching into the heavens. Standing directly below the piece grants full effect.
This piece employs the use of linear and spacial perspective. The angle of the cross invites the viewer to have a more personal view of the cross from the side instead of the front.
This alternative depiction of the Crucifixion uses multiple methods of challenging viewer perspective. We are able to easily identify the focal point of the piece by simply looking right in the center
This Gothic style Church uses a real world use of spacial perspective. Most catholic churches that are physically unable to grow in size use this method to create the illusion of grand rooms.
We can identify that the use of methods such as vanishing point allow the viewer to become engulfed in the size of the area. This is a popular concept within early religious pieces.
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