Saturday, November 13, 2021

10 Pieces of Beautiful Christian Artwork

 I'm a huge fan of artwork. In fact, I primarily learn and perceive through viewing. It's ironic then that I'm a writer. But in any case, in Protestantism we shy away from visual representations of God or our faith. Isn't that correct? In the vein of Martin Luther, we dissented from the Catholic practice of many visual representations of Christ and saints and so on. 

Yet I still love the visual. So as I've journeyed through my Christian faith, I've found certain pieces of artwork quite compelling. And I'd like to share them with you today. I don't worship these paintings or venerate them, or even connect them with my conception of Christ in any real way, but I do love them as creative works done by creative beings, created by a creative God. 

1. "Christ on the Cross" by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1870)

2. "The Journey of Life" series by Thomas Cole (1842)

3. "Prince of Peace" by Akiane Kramarik (2003)

4. "Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt van Rijn (1669)

5. "Expulsion from the Garden of Eden" by Thomas Cole (1828)

6. "Adoration of the Child" by Gerard van Honthorst (1620)

7. "Jacob's Ladder" by William Blake (1805)

8. "John the Baptist" by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1905)

9."The Empyrean (highest heaven)", from the illustrations to The Divine Comedy by Gustave Doré (1800s)

10. "Parting the Veil" by Jon Mcnaughton (2000s)