For God so loved the world - Jacob Nava

Art has been a medium of story telling since the conception of art itself. Many craftsman and artists have used visual depiction to tell stories of religion and Biblical stories in particular since the Second Century and beyond. This gallery shall showcase a few of such Christian pieces from various time periods.

This particular work of The Adoration of the Magi is one of an astonishing seven commissions made by Sandro Botticelli in the mid-to-late 1470's. This work emphasizes the importance of the main subject by utilizing space between the men and women surrounding the perimeter and Jesus at the center.
This sculpture showcases The Last Supper depicted in John 13:21 of The Christian Bible. This work is sculpted all the way round to keep Jesus as the focal center of the piece at all angles. All subjects are kept with an upright profile with an exception for Judas Iscariot at the far right - thus foreshadowing his inevitable betrayal to the viewer.
The Conversion of Saint Paul is a strong depiction of the namesake event which occurred in the book of Acts sometime around 30 AD. As the act was quite a tempestuous ordeal, the artist makes liberal use of illusory motion with almost sketch-like lines and bold strokes in key areas.
The Tower of Babel shown here is one of three oil paintings by Bruegel after he visited Rome sometime around 1552. The painting here depicts the aforementioned Tower of Babel mentioned in Genesis 11:2 of the Bible. The artist uses a strong horizon line and a downward perspective to emphasize the size of the tower, which is said to have stretched towards the heavens.
This is one of many depictions of Saint John the Apostle. Here, he is shown with Prokhorus, one of seven Deacons appointed to care of the poor in Jerusalem in Acts 6:5. The unknown artist signifies the divinity of both subjects by implementing the Halo around both of their heads - an aspect usually saved for royalty. This could be an allusion to the Holy Jesus Christ dwelling within them both.
This sculpture is an image of the Saint Peter the Apostle. Here, the subject is shown downcast with a focus upon the book - perhaps holy writings - in his left hand. Though sculpted over a millennium past the era, this work quietly hearkens back to Classical sculpture with its stoic facial features and almost-lifeless eyes.
This painting is a depiction of Saint Jerome from the late 1610's. Though not a biblical figure, St. Jerome translated the majority of the bible into Latin, and made several commentaries on the Gospels. The painting here is done in true Baroque style, with the main subject shown in detailed, sinewy musculature.
This depiction of Saint Francis Xavier was supposedly painted for a Japanese Jesuit church cathedral in the 1600's. As was characteristic for most Far-Eastern painting of that time period, the subject and background have very little differentiation as far as perspective, with the art showing a seamless, flat quality throughout.
Depicted here is a lovely rendition of the Return of the Prodigal son mentioned in the book of Luke in the Hebrew Bible. A shining paragon of the Baroque style, Rembrandt does not stray from his usual usage of darkened hues and strong emotional expression upon his subjects in this work.
Shown here is a depiction of Jesus Christ teaching at the synagogue in Capernaum as mentioned in the book of Mark in the Christian Bible. The subjects here exhibit awestruck wonder and doubtful resentment as was said to be the case in Mark 1:14. The soft lines and emotional subjects are indicative of the Romanticism that dominated the art world in the 1800's.
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