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Art Historians Miss the Mark: Follow the Money Trail for Surprising Revelations About Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.24.2017 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Marginalizing patrons or placing them out of sight feeds the illusion of art historians that Renaissance artists created their artworks in a romantic trance oblivious to the economic, political, social, theological, and personal factors that defined and constrained the creative process.

Speaking To God In Doodles

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Out of the depths of her despair, Mara Measor started talking to God. The singer-songwriter first started keeping a prayer journal during a year-lo...

Beardless Jesus Discovered On Early Christian Artifact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

Spanish archaeologists have found a depiction of Jesus that dates back to the 4th century, making it one of the earliest images of the Christian deity...

Exhibit Explores Womanhood Through The Figure Of Jesus' Mother

Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion

The Virgin Mary has played a central role in Christian art throughout the centuries, most often depicted as a holy mother with the infant Jesus. Now a...

Christian Festivals Put Spotlights On Visual Art, Sustainability

Amanda Greene | Religion News Service | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Words and music are the stock-in-trade at most Christian festivals, but the Wild Goose Festival is adding another component: the visual arts. ...

LOOK: This Glass Church Is 'So Close To God' In The Middle Of A Forest

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion

Visitors to Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas will probably be struck by two things: the immense glass walls and ceiling and the dense for...

Taking the Jew Out of Jesus -- and Putting It Back

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Classical artworks washed out all traces of Judaism in the personae of Jesus, his family, and followers -- despite the fact that they were all dedicated practicing Jews throughout their lives.

Crucifixion No Longer Commands Auction Prices

Religion News Service | Menachem Wecker | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

By Menachem Wecker Religion News Service (RNS) Paintings and sculptures of what may be the most iconic scene in the history of art -- the crucifix...

LOOK: The Eucharist In Medieval Art

The Morgan Library & Museum | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion

Illuminating Faith: The Eucharist in Medieval Life and Art will be on view at New York's The Morgan Library & Museum from May 17 to September 2, 2013....

Still Art Conveys A Stilling Remembrance Of Holy Week

Win Bassett | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Contemporary, multi-sensory feats of technology have caused observers to overlook another medium of remembrance. From Michelangelo's Pietà to the Crucifixion by Salvador Dalí, analog sculptures illustrating Jesus' final moments also provide a way for people to experience this story of life and death that has influenced the development of both the ancient and modern worlds.

How Artists Invented The Christian Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

This Christianization phenomenon fueled anti-Semitism through the ages by strengthening the illusion that Jesus and Jews were of different ethnicities and religions.

Conclaves, Pheromones and the Pure Religion

Marie Woolf | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Marie Woolf

A whole past of faith and of beauty emerges in front of our eyes thanks to watercolours brushed by a hand of an artist, responsible for love.

Colonizing Abstraction: MoMA's Inventing Abstraction Show Denies Its Ancient Global Origins

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Shouldn't the most authoritative of our cultural institutions, certainly those renown globally, be so sensitive as to represent the history of international art with the like mindedness of diplomats to mitigating the injuries historically wrought by political and cultural colonizations?

Jesus 'Used To Be Jewish'? That's Not What The Gospels Say

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

With the goal of healing antagonisms and closing the longstanding divide between Christianity and Judaism, I set out to restore the Jewish foundation of Christianity -- a foundation that Christianity stands on.

The Gospel Of Art

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Pierre R. Berastaín

"Art gives us access to many different way of engaging and understanding God all at the same time and I think that is really valuable when engaging with a God who is beyond our understanding. "

Grave Images: San Luis Valley

Kathy T. Hettinga | Posted 01.08.2013 | College
Kathy T. Hettinga

Beginning in 1994, I began a 14-year project to document an unknown body of folk art found in the cemeteries of the San Luis Valley. Simplicity, expressiveness and a transformative use of common materials were found in the most evocative grave markers.

Persecuting Jesus

Ken Blackwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ken Blackwell

As Christian citizens of this great republic, we can certainly cry out against persecution at home and abroad. And we can make our voices heard. John F. Kennedy said it well: "Here on earth, God's work must truly be our own."

PHOTO: Exquisite Tiffany Stained Glass In Churches

Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion is on exhibition at Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) in New York from Oct. 12, 2012 to Jan. 20, ...

Religious Salvation And Winslow Homer's 'Shipwreck'

Menachem Wecker | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Even as Homer seemed to have grappled with important, sweeping religious questions in his work, he also clearly intended viewers to get lost in the details.

Museum Of Biblical Art (MOBiA) Raises Its Profile Amid Array Of Challenges

Religion News Service | David Van Biema | Posted 06.21.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) When art historian Bruce Boucher wanted to reunite the three panels of a huge 14th-century altarpiece from three different countries, t...

The Atheist Who Loves Angels

Dori Hartley | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Dori Hartley

I do not believe in God or religion, but I am a fanatic for religious and beatific art. Art is the Supreme Being in my life, and I am devout.

Questions Remain After Christian Painter Thomas Kinkade Dies

Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The unexpected death of Thomas Kinkade on Friday (April 6) prompted an outpouring of grief for the hug...

PHOTOS: 7 Famous Paintings Of Jesus

Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion

The life of Jesus has been the inspiration for many artistic works throughout the history of art. This volume traces many important events in the life...

WATCH: What The Shroud Of Turin Can Tell Us About The Birth Of Christianity

Posted 04.05.2012 | Religion

Jesus may not have risen, but an art historian thinks he knows why the apostles believed. Thomas de Wesselow explains what the Shroud of Turin can ...

3 Religion Trends At The European Fine Art Fair

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Whatever the odds, there was a lot to be said about religion and religious art at TEFAF. In virtually ever section of the fair, there were at least dozens of examples of fascinating works with religious content and themes.