The biblical Jesus, described in the Gospels as the son of a carpenter, was a Jew and a champion of the underdog.
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How to identify the Christian figures of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by their iconography, or symbols, in art
The stories behind the art—a quick guide for understanding Byzantium's most common images.
Why does St. John the Baptist carry a lamb? Catherine a wheel? Mary Magdalene a jar?
The Christian Bible has had a long and complex genesis.
Neither words nor images fully capture the Christian God. Despite this inherent difficulty, painters still tried.
Empty, blank, or unfinished spaces leave paintings open to the viewer and create compelling ambiguities.
In paintings as in sacred spaces, curtains play with revelation and draw attention to the limits of human vision.
Temporal and spatial ambiguity imbue two images of the Virgin and Child—and this portrait of Christ’s suffering.
Like place, time is an important theological category and, like the divine, it can be hard to comprehend.
Renaissance painters like Lippi devised spatial metaphors in order to convey the mystery of Christ’s conception.
Where does a painting end and our reality begin? Crivelli’s humble snail prompts more questions than answers.
Liturgy provided the script, architecture the set—and the altar sat center stage.