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Religious Art

Feminism Awakens In Himalayan Buddhist Art and Meditation

G. Roger Denson | Posted 02.27.2016 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In mid-January the popularly-esteemed, British-born Buddhist nun, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo -- the closest thing we have to a Thomas Merton figure today -- spoke before a sold-out audience at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Arts in Manhattan.

Warped Religious Idols Turn Sexuality And Gender Upside Down (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts

Note: The following images may not be suitable for work environments. Be warned, things get beautifully weird. Brooklyn-based artist Don Pablo Ped...

Mormon Alien Statue Floats Above Salt Lake City

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

The two Mormon missionaries in artist Brook Robertson’s piece “Zion / Rocky Mountain Alliance” look determined. The figures are both wearing cri...

Sacred Catholic Art Exhibit Puts A Contemporary Spin On Ancient Beliefs

Religion News Service | Maryann Eidemiller | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion

LATROBE, Pa. (RNS) The late Benedictine Brother Nathan Cochran may have lived as a monk. But he was no recluse. As curator of a Catholic art exhibi...

Exclusive Interview With Andres Serrano, Photographer of 'Piss Christ'

Udoka Okafor | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Udoka Okafor

Freedom of religion and freedom of expression have something in common: they both have the power to polarize people. Everyone has an opinion on these freedoms and those opinions often clash.

A History of Religion in 11 Objects

S. Brent Plate | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

As profane and ordinary as the objects may be, they can also be extraordinary. Some things even become objects of transcendence.

6 Most Beautiful Churches in America

Budget Travel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

No matter what your religious affiliation is, everyone can find enlightenment in the towering domes, mosaic artworks, and impressive sculptures, not to mention the stories behind these buildings.

Austin, Texas -- A City That Wears Its Soul on Its Sleeve

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Austin has the reputation of being not your typical Texas town -- it's more liberal and more secular than the rest of this Bible Belt state. Perceptions notwithstanding, there's plenty of religion going on in Austin. You can see it from the street.

50 Religious Tattoos Show Faith That's More Than Skin-Deep

Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion

For many inked individuals, tattoos are a way to commemorate a spiritual journey or a means of expressing one's internal self. The body becomes the ca...

Hindu Art or Hindu Artifact? Museums and (Objectifying?) Hindu Objects

Deepak Sarma | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Should they be "repatriated" if they were obtained illegally? Are they art? In whose eyes are they considered art? Or are they artifacts?

Meet The Saint We Can All Relate To

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of everyday life and the methods w...

Seeing God in the Museum

S. Brent Plate | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

With Aten Reign, Turrell assumes the museum-as-temple, adding his own objects of adoration, and offering a place for redemption. Only here, the object is light itself.

Seeking The Next Michelangelo: Religious Art Gets An Update

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion

FLORENCE, Italy (RNS) Set in a luscious park along the banks of the Arno River, an art school is trying to revive the tradition of sacred art that mad...

Something Witchy This Way Comes

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.23.2013 | Arts

Set your eyes upon one of Jennifer Tee's pastel-tinged sculptural forms and you won't know what exactly what it is you're looking at. The lopsided...

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...

Artist Gets Tattoo Of Christ's 39 Lashes

Posted 05.09.2013 | Arts

Artist Angela Su recently got a tattoo of 39 prayer fragments -- done without ink -- resulting in a series of red scars across her back. According...

Why I Spent $67,000 On Judaica

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Greenstein

Antique Judaica is a micro-niche in the art and antique world. There are about 15 million Jews in the world, but only about 700 active collectors. One would think that with such a small market base, there would be almost zero demand for antique Judaica. It's actually quite the opposite.

Islamic Art Mounts Comeback At European Fine Art Fair

Menachem Wecker | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Although Buddhist and Hindu art aficionados can find stunning sculptures and Jewish art lovers can examine medallions with Hebrew inscriptions, Islamic art is much more difficult to find.

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.

How Purim Got Its Silver Lining: Megillot From the Ages

Jonathan Greenstein | Posted 04.03.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Greenstein

I can think of no greater way to celebrate the joyous and happy holiday of Purim than to read the megillah, knowing that previous generations have held the same piece that is in my hands, smiling.

TOO FAR? French-Moroccan Artist Stirs Religious Debate

Posted 12.24.2012 | Arts

BRUSSELS — The 29-year-old French-Moroccan artist Mehdi-Georges Lahlou has had an eventful early career. A piece in which he projected Bible and Kor...

Autistic Workers Find Refuge In Jewish Artist's Studio

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion

KENSINGTON, Md. (RNS) John Linder and Tim Welsh aren't Jewish, and probably don't understand the religious symbolism in the menorahs, mezuzahs and dre...

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.

Virgin Mary Gets A Pop Culture Makeover

Posted 09.20.2012 | Arts

Artists have always had a soft spot for the Virgin Mary. From Michelangelo to Dali, the beloved female figure has been depicted time and time again in...