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    Religious Paintings: Their History and Purpose in Modern Day Society

    Religious paintings are expressions of religious themes and principles from the perspective of individuals who are of different denominations and religious groups. These paintings can be traced to as far back as the 1st and 2nd centuries where artists were heavily influenced by their social and economic realities. Christian paintings for example, have been traced to as early as the 2nd century where inspired men and women have adapted Roman motifs to convey Christian meanings and messages. Islamic and Buddhist paintings were originated around the 5th and 6th centuries and their inspiration came from socio-economic factors like the decline of the Byzantine Emperor which has led to the reappraisal of Islamic art. Although sculpture is a widely accepted religious art form, some cultures have moved away from the use of sculpture to the use of paintings to depict biblical events and personalities because of the fear of creating pagan-style idols. Religious Paintings Bring History To Life For a long time artists who are inspired by religious art have proven their craft to be extremely significant in our understanding of biblical and historical events. Painters are known for using different colors, textures and styles to bring history to life thereby expanding one's imagination of past events. A painting of Mary holding baby Jesus for example, helps persons of this age to visualize Mary's humility and the swaddling cloth that was described in Luke 2:12. The painting of the crucifixion of Jesus is...Read More

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