This religious art created by William Bouguereau in 1900 sparks interest and genuine love in our hearts. The angelic figures circulate around The Virgin Mary and her son Jesus as we can imagine them to be on a throne in Heaven. As all of the angels are positioned around Jesus in a circular manner with their arms outstretched; you see the admiration towards The Virgin Mary and Jesus and the significance of His birth. The upright position of Jesus also symbolizes His superiority among the surrounding angels, some of which are kneeling around the Mother and Child. The shades of yellow and the small stars above Mary’s head create a celestial aura around Jesus and the Virgin Mary in this classic religious artwork.
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The Immaculate Conception by Peter Paul Rubens is a beautiful and stunning piece of Catholic religious art. The original painting,completed in 1628, was done with oil on canvas and measures 198 x 137 cm. It is currently at the Prado Museum in Madrid. This religious artwork which presents the conception of the virgin Mary who according to Catholic dogma was born without original sin. features deep vibrant colors and is rich in symbolism.
Song of Angels is a religious art piece by William Bouguereau that features Mary and the baby Jesus being serenaded by beautiful celestial angels. Mary and the baby Jesus appear to be asleep as three lovely angels in white garb are playing their instruments and keeping a watchful eye on the baby Jesus and his mother. Bouguereau’s use of deep vivid colors along with his exquisite detail make this religious artwork appear both realistic and surreal.
The cherubic baby Jesus is brought to the foreground of this painting through the contrast of his light skin against the deep blue color of Mary’s robe. Song of Angels gives us a sense of tranquility as we appreciate the beauty of the celestial beings visiting Mary and the baby Jesus and as we can imagine how beautiful their heavenly music sounds.
Elijah’s Ascension is a religious art engraving done by Gustave Doré in 1865. This historical religious artwork is based on the story of how Elijah was caught up in a chariot of fire and transported to Heaven from the old testament book of 2 Kings.
Doré used contrast and the technique *chiaroscuro for his biblical illustrations. The dramatic contrast between the dark and light parts of this religious art engraving, along with the image of Elijah being caught up in the air, create both a mystical and spiritual effect. The way in which Doré used light to enhance Elijah and part of the chariot of fire both add to the mystical effect and importance of the biblical story.
*Chiaroscuro (in French: clair-obscur) A technique using the contrast between a painting’s light and dark parts for dramatic effect. In addition, clair-obscur creates an illusion of depth in a flat canvas.
Caravaggio and Rembrandt often used this technique.
Biblical reference for Elijah’s Ascension:
“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” 2 Kings 2:11
We so often see the entire painting of The Creation of Adam by Renaissance artist Michelangelo or the familiar image of God’s hands touching Adam’s as He transmitted life into man. The image of the face of God depicted in this famous awe-inspiring piece of religious art gives us a glimpse of the face of God through Michelangelo’s eyes. Michelangelo possessed an incredible talent that allowed him to create lifelike and breathtaking images that reflected his mastery of human anatomy and movement, which we can sense even in this close up of the face of God.
As we focus in on the face of God in The Creation of Adam we are drawn into a strong, wise, kind face; one depicting human qualities with an unmistakeable divine nature. We can sense God’s determination and power as he is actually creating Adam, and thus beginning the entire human race. This stunning piece of religious art by Michelangelo engages both the mind’s eye and the soul.