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Religious Paintings

Religious paintings are one of the most often-used artistic expressions on the planet. In the West, images from Christianity are the most prevalent. Figures are painted literally to represent important scenes, such as the Lamentation of Christ or the Annunciation. These images are found in plastered walls of old churches, in stained glass windows, and in self-contained paintings on canvas.

In Judaism, the use of images is restrained. Many architectural details of synagogues are similar to Christian churches. Motifs including the menorah, ram’s horns, and references to the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem might be included in the interior design scheme. Jewish synagogues also utilize stained glass.

Painting the likeness of God is strictly forbidden in Islam, and painting the likeness of Muhammad is highly unusual. Islamic artists have developed a rich tradition of geometric and vegetal patterning, as well as calligraphy. In the Hindu tradition, deities are painted as well as scenes of gurus and seekers meditating and interacting. Hinduism, like Christianity, makes free and liberal use of imagery to inspire the faithful.


Quick Facts

  • On January 29, 2014, Christie’s New York sold an exceptionally fine 500-year-old illustrated manuscript, known as the Rothschild Prayerbook, for $13.6 million
  • In the same sale, "Adoration of the Shepherds," painted in oil on canvas circa 1562-63 by Jacopo Bassano, sold for $8.9 million
  • On January 29, 2015, Sotheby’s New York offered for sale "Paradise Landscape with the Animals Entering Noah’s Arc," by Jan Brueghel the Elder. The oil painting on a copper support sold for $3.97 million

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by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
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PITTORE FIAMMINGO DEL XVII - XVIII SECOLO
May 28, 1:45 PM CEST
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by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
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Est: $675- $850
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May 26, 10:00 AM MST
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by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Jun 30, 11:45 AM EDT
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by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $1,800- $2,300
$202 Bids
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Jun 09, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $1,500- $2,500
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PITTORE DEL XVII SECOLO - Adorazione dei Magi
May 26, 1:00 PM CEST
PITTORE DEL XVII SECOLO - Adorazione dei Magi
by Meeting Art Casa D'Aste
Est: €0- €0
€1,2002 Bids
GERARD SEGHERS (1591-1651) (GENRE)
Jun 18, 2:00 PM CEST
GERARD SEGHERS (1591-1651) (GENRE)
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €600- €800
€4002 Bids
Spanish School; XVII century. "Virgin of Bethlehem". Oil on canvas. Relined. Presents restorations.
May 29, 11:30 AM CEST
Spanish School; XVII century. "Virgin of Bethlehem". Oil on canvas. Relined. Presents restorations.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €1,000- €1,200
€7502 Bids
After Caravaggio Oil on Canvas Crucifixion
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
After Caravaggio Oil on Canvas Crucifixion
by Willow Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Votivbild mit Maria und Heiliger Katharina
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Votivbild mit Maria und Heiliger Katharina
by Auktionshaus Mehlis GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€801 Bid
Italienische Schule 17./18. Jh.
Jun 01, 9:00 AM CEST
Italienische Schule 17./18. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF240- CHF300
CHF2401 Bid
Max Georg Rossmann, attr., Madonna mit Jesuskind
May 25, 10:00 AM CEST
Max Georg Rossmann, attr., Madonna mit Jesuskind
by Auktionshaus Mehlis GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€3301 Bid
Peruvian School , (20th Century), Madonna & Child in Medieval Style, Oil on Canvas
May 27, 6:00 PM AEST
Peruvian School , (20th Century), Madonna & Child in Medieval Style, Oil on Canvas
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
Flämische Schule 17. Jh.
Jun 01, 9:00 AM CEST
Flämische Schule 17. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF320- CHF400
CHF3201 Bid
PITTORE EMILIANO DEL XVII-XVIII SECOLO
May 28, 1:45 PM CEST
PITTORE EMILIANO DEL XVII-XVIII SECOLO
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€501 Bid
SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, 17TH CENTURY
May 23, 4:30 PM CEST
SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, 17TH CENTURY
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€1901 Bid
LARGE OIL ON PANEL OF VIRGIN MARY WITH SAINT ANNE AND THE CHILD JESUS, FLEMISH SCHOOL FROM THE LATE 16TH CENTURY
May 23, 4:30 PM CEST
LARGE OIL ON PANEL OF VIRGIN MARY WITH SAINT ANNE AND THE CHILD JESUS, FLEMISH SCHOOL FROM THE LATE 16TH CENTURY
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€1901 Bid
Spanish school of the XVIII century. "Immaculate Conception". Oil on canvas.
May 29, 11:30 AM CEST
Spanish school of the XVIII century. "Immaculate Conception". Oil on canvas.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€5001 Bid
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May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
María Josefa Sánchez (active in Castile 1639–1649) - Crucifix
by Finarte
Est: €1,000- €2,000
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by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $400
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