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".
Virgin of the Rocks, 1486
Saint Jerome Reading, c.1480-1490
Haywain, central panel of the triptych, c.1485-1490
Haywain, left wing of the triptych, c.1485-1490
Haywain, right wing of the triptych, c.1485-1490
Christ at the Column, 1490
Madonna Litta (detail), 1490
The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c.1490
The Last Supper - Before Restoration, 1498
Mystic Nativity, 1500
Madonna of the Yarnwinder, 1501
The Crucifixion, 1501-1503
St Jerome in Prayer, 1505
The Engagement of Virgin Mary, 1504
The Ansidei Madonna, 1505
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