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".
Judas Repentant Returning the Pieces of Silver, 1629
Judith and Holofernes, 1550s
Judith Beheading Holofernes, c.1598
La Charite [Charity], 1878
La Madone aux Roses [The Madonna of the Roses], 1903
La Principessa, San Georgio e San Luigi, 1553
La Vierge a l' Enfant Avec les Saints, 1640
La Vierge au Lys [The Virgin of the Lilies], 1899
La Vierge aux Anges [The Virgin with Angels], 1881
Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 1518
Last Judgement, central panel of the triptych
Last Judgement, left wing of the triptych
Le Couronnement de la Vierge, 1620
Madone Assise [The Seated Madonna], 1888
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