Religion in Space

This gallery features Religious works that implement Spatial Perspective to create a sense of depth.  Many pieces of Religious art during the Renaissance utilized spatial perspective to create a three dimensional world that would fool the viewer into believing that it wasn't a painting, but a window into another world.

In this piece, you can see St. Gregory holding a mass at a chapel. Many religious figures are gathered, kneeled down, in front of the saint. The space in this piece is beautifully crafted and all of the characters fit into the space nicely.
This work depicts St. John growing up into early adulthood. He is born, baptised, then continues on with his life, always carrying his cross with him. The main thing that portrays spatial perspective in this piece is the church on the left. All of the horizontal lines are drawn in reference to a single point and the vertical lines get shorter the further away they are, visualizing depth.
The work depicts four people putting a baby on a pedestal for some sort of ritual. This piece was one of the earliest I could find that utilized spatial perspective. The space seems off because the proportions of things are off as spatial perspective has yet to take root in art at that time in history. This piece is one of the first to experiment with painting in three dimensions.
This painting envisions a man, accompanied by a few of his peers, praying in the ruins of an old temple. The temple seems to go on for miles and miles as the lines of the walls and ceiling fade off into the distance. A light is shining on the man, drawing the eye of the viewer.
This piece shows a cathedral divided. One half is gathered around a priest who is speaking from a book. The other half of the room is listening to a man who looks like Jesus speaking from a balcony above. The spatial perspective in this piece is mainly portrayed with the vertical lines of the cathedral getting smaller with distance.
This work shows a group of religious figures gazing at paintings in an old temple. The columns getting smaller in the distance and the use of single point perspective for the walls floor and ceiling in the hallway give a real sense of depth in the painting.
This piece shows the wonderful interior if the St. Bavo Cathedral in Haarlem. The vertical lines in this piece stretch beyond the top of the painting, creating an expansive feel to the cathedral.
This painting displays yet another scene of a baby grabbing the attention of the whole village. All of the structures in this piece are drawn to the same single point for the perspective of the whole piece.
This work envisions a boy being born in the center of town. He has the attention of the whole town, even the animals, and a godlike figure is watching over the scene. The people of the town can be seen reaching out to the baby. I chose this piece for my gallery because although there isn't a whole lot of depth to this piece the town hall was beautifully painted in every dimension.
This art depicts the crucification of Christ. A godlike figure watches as the somber villagers gaze upon the corpse on the cross. A beautiful, expansive landscape can be seen in the background behind this horrific scene.
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