OIL PAINTINGS BY GENRE - Religious Paintings
The themes of religion have provided a lot of the content of painting in the West. In great periods of painting, such as the Renaissance in Europe, the wealthy who could afford to hire artists often subsidized major religious paintings as appropriate to the scale of their own palaces and as gifts to religious institutions.
The church has been described as the "Mother of the Arts." Michelangelo was supported by popes and other princes of the church in the production of his greatest paintings. The painting itself may not have specifically religious subject matter but may be expressive and in that expression reveal something of the grandeur and misery of the human spirit. The artist who paints religious themes in ways that are religiously powerful might just say "I mix my paints with faith".
The Last Supper, 1615-20
Adoration of the Magi, c.1510
Haywain, right wing of the triptych, c.1485-1490
Haywain, left wing of the triptych, c.1485-1490
Haywain, central panel of the triptych, c.1485-1490
Madonna del Prato c.1505
The Dead Christ Supported by Two Angels
The Entombment, 1602-1603
Saint Jerome Reading, c.1480-1490
Madonna degli Alberetti, 1487
Crowning with Thorns, 1618-1620
The Lamentation, 1618-1620
St Francis and the Angel, 1612-1613
Finding of Moses, 1630-1633
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