Religious Works of Art

For centuries religion has been a major theme in the art world and some of the most impressive masterpieces have had religion as a theme. Many are housed in cathedrals but others have a permanent home in places such as Rome and Florence, as Italy was the heart of the Renaissance when religious art was at its height. Here are just a few of the most famous:

The Book of Kells, created around 800 AD, is not necessarily the first thing that will come to mind when you consider religious art. However, this illuminated manuscript is definitely a work of art for numerous reasons. The book is a manuscript of the Gospels and there are 680 individual pages and the detail and intricacy of the art is astounding. This is a work that can still be viewed on occasion today.

Angelico’s work of art ‘The Annunciation’ was painted in the mid-15th century is housed at the San Marco Convent in Florence and it is just one of three works on this subject by the same artist. This version is very simple, and it is considered to be subdued when compared to similar Renaissance works. It was commissioned for the convent.

One of the most famous works of art is ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci. It was painted in the last few years of the 15th century and is now located at the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. This is a fresco that measures 29 feet by 15 feet and its home is a Catholic monastery. Da Vinci did not use standard fresco painting techniques to create this piece. Unfortunately, it has not survived well but there have been great efforts in restoration and preservation, so the original image is still intact even if the original brushwork has gone.