Seeing Your Faith

I have always had a love for all kinds of art. Particularly, I have a extreme love of artworks depicting religious events and religious figures. Most of the art in this gallery will revolve around roman catholicism and it's influences. It's amazing to imagine the people in the past have looked at art for their connection to their religion. This gallery will showcase many different religious pieces from across the world. My hope is, even if you're not religious, is to see the meaning behind the works in this gallery and how they affected life in past centuries. 

This madonna was created by Raphael c.1512. It depicts a vision of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus while two martyrs look on. The artists adds a dynamic element to the painting. If you look closely at the sky, what would appear from afar to be clouds are actually faces of angels. The martyr on the left appears to be Pope Sixtus II, who was executed by order of Emperor Valerian in 258. On the right is a depiction of St. Barbara, another third century martyr.
This work was created by Fancesco Hayez in 1835. Here we see Pope Urban II speaking on the crusades and their meanings. We see various people distributing red garments, which are to be worn by the people assigned to go fight in the East. We can also see many people grieving for their loved ones that are going off to battle. The people who received their garments also looked distraught, most likely realizing that they are being sent out to meet certain death. This particular artist is a master garment painter. His skills certainly show in this work.
This painting was created by Raphael in the 16th century. We can see the transfiguration of Jesus in this work. He is joined in this by three of his apostles, Peter, John, and James. These apsotles are depicted just waking up right underneath the feet of Jesus. Jesus is speaking with Moses and Elijah on the mountain, while onlookers from the bottom of the mount look on in terror. The focus point on this painting is Jesus and the prophets. Raphael paid close attention to his light in this painting. He created the source of light right behind Jesus and let it radiate through the painting.
This painting was created somewhere between 1580 and 1644 by Pedo Orrente. It's home location is the High Museum of Art. It depicts a somber scene as the Roman gaurds are nailing the sign, which says "iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum" written in three languages." The artist really showed the heartbreak in the scene as he depicted the Virgin Mary at the bottom of the cross.
Here we see 16th century depiction of St. Michael the Archangel. This painting is in the Monastery of St. John the Theologian on the island of Patmos, Greece. We can see that the unknown artist adorned St. Michael in his usual battle gear. He is wielding an unsheathed sword, symbolizing that he is ready for battle at anytime. He is wearing a textured breastplate and leg guards. This painting is an excellent representation of the use of religious paintings in older centuries.
When St. John the Theologian was exiled to the island of Patmos by the Romans, he dictated the The Apocalypse of John to a man named Prochoros. The artist of this painting, also unknown, is depicting this scene. John, on the left, is recounting the events of his vision as Prochoros, on the right is recording it all on scrolls. Many of these scrolls will be sent out the Seven Churches of Asia, telling them of the future he has seen. The artist of this painting has included many red undertones to this work, giving it a crimson look. This look might make the viewer think of the Apocalypse.
This painting by Marco Pino, which was created c.1575, depicts a mysterious crucifixion scene. At the bottom we can see St. Catherine of Siena, one of the patron saints of Italy, looking up at the Virgin Mary. She is out of place in this scene, having been born more than 1300 years after the death of Christ. This has led many scholars to conclude that she is having a vision while in prayer. Mary is looking to her son nailed to cross with a face full of grief. The man who is dressed in red garments to the right of cross is St. John. He is standing beside Jesus with a troubling look on his face with his arm held out, almost as if he is beckoning for the viewer to come to Jesus.
In this incomplete Ambrogio Lorenzetti painting we see the prophet Simeon holding Jesus in his arms as the prophetess Anna looks on. This is the event where the first older religious leaders accepted Jesus as their Messiah. The temple is shown dressed in heavy gold on the outside and having beautiful floors and arched ceilings on the inside. The attention to detail in the ceilings are truly remarkable, as the artist including separate paintings on the arches. The religious leaders are adorned in beautiful robes of various colors. This painting once contained panels on both sides depicting images of St. Crescentius and St. Michael the Archangel. These panels were removed and taken to the Accademia in Florence, Italy in the 17th century.
In this Zanobi Strozzi madonna, created between 1448-1450, we see the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child dressed in elegant gold crowns and royal garments. The backdrop showed holiness with it's gold curtains. Mary is holding a white lily her right hand which symbolizes her perpetual virginity. The Christ Child is holding his arm up in the air and staring as if he is looking up to God. There are two angels at the bottom of the work, playing musical instruments, looking rather disconnected to the music they're playing.
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