A Curation of Christianity

This gallery is a small selection of pieces of art that were influenced and inspired by the Christian religion--those who hold the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, became man, died on a cross, and resurrected again. Gallery created by: Andrew William Charney

This is a depiction of the stoning of Saint Stephen who is known as the first martyr of the Christian faith. The beginning of the event is seen as members of the background are rushing to find stones while one man already prepares to throw a large stone. This work is included in the collection as it depicts one of the main events of the New Testament that took place after the ascension of Christ.
This image displays the "Tree of Jesse" which can also be known as the family tree and lineage of Christ. Jesse is seen at the very bottom underneath the text as the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ are seen at the very top. This work helps communicate the Christian belief that Jesus was a descendent of the royal line of King David and had fulfilled multiple Old Testament prophecies concerning his bloodline.
Here, Saint Peter is being freed from prison the night before his trial before the king. The prison guards are asleep in the right corner as an angel leads Peter into liberation. This simply intricate work shows the power of lines and contrast while depicting a much remembered moment for the early church.
This Botticelli piece portrays the three Magi adoring the newborn Jesus among the ruins of an old temple. The Magi (more commonly known today as the Wise Men) brought lavish gifts to adore the Christ in the celebration of his birth. Not only is this a portrayal of a significant event in the Christian faith, but it was also created by Botticelli who is known for his artistic work with the Catholic Church.
Here is the conversion of Saint Paul which takes place in the books of Acts. This work is included as Paul was a prominent figure of the early church and is credited with writing the majority of the New Testament. The lines, imagery, and contrast create a remarkable depiction of this event while having quite a Dürer influence.
Found in reading the Gospels of the New Testament, Jesus Christ was known to be a teacher and counsellor. Much of his teachings are found in parables--symbolic stories that hold spiritual truth--and this work is the depiction of the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke chapter 15. The prodigal son comes home to his father after wasting away all of his inheritance, symbolising the heart of God the Father to his earthly children. While this is event did not literally occur, it portrays a story that has help significance in Christian teachings.
Christian's believe the while Jesus was fully man, he was still fully God and much of his works on the earth involve supernatural signs, wonders, and miracles. This painting depicts Jesus on the Sea of Galilee during a storm--a story which is known as he performs a miracle to calm the storm. This also reveals another important belief of the Christian faith in the supernatural works of Christ.
Here is a portrayal of Christ washing his disciples feet as an act of service. Christian's believe that Christ came as a humble servant to save the lost and this act of service shows him just so. Tintoretto was exquisite in creating pieces of the Christian faith and this work is no exception as the angles, contrast, and point-of-view bring the viewer into the room.
What could be considered the most remarkable moment for the Christian faith is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary. The scene is darkly painted to create a dismal emotion as a Roman solider pierces the wounded side of Christ. According to certain theological beliefs, this scene could be considered the moment of the birth of the Christian church.
This piece of art is a metaphorical depiction of Jesus on the cross and the Christian life. Being a more recent work (created circa 1812), the image is left up to interpretation as the viewer's eye move from the dark, stoney valley to the glorified Christ and the rising church. This shows the remaining influence of the Christian faith into the more modern age.
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