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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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Religious Painting, Oil on Canvas, with Mary Seated
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Religious Painting, Oil on Canvas, with Mary Seated
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Est: $100- $25,000
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OLD MASTER PAINTING
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by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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PRINT OF AN ANGEL IN HEAVILY WORKED FRAME
Dec 01, 9:00 AM AEST
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Est: €0- €0
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Est: €0- €0
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Romano, Giulio
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Romano, Giulio
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Est: €0- €0
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Francesco Rizzo da Santacroce (1485-1545)
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Francesco Rizzo da Santacroce (1485-1545)
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Est: €900- €0
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Renaissance Oil Painting Mother And Child
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Renaissance Oil Painting Mother And Child
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
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German School 17th Century
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Est: €60- €0
€322 Bids
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Colonial School. Mexico. 18th century.
Dec 01, 7:00 PM CET
Colonial School. Mexico. 18th century.
by La Suite Subastas
Est: €300- €500
€3002 Bids
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David Chetlahe Paladin (American, 1926-1984) St. Francis in a Protestant Garden
Nov 30, 12:00 PM CST
David Chetlahe Paladin (American, 1926-1984) St. Francis in a Protestant Garden
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Est: $200- $300
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Unbekannter Meister
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Unbekannter Meister
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Est: €0- €0
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16th/17th Century Italian School Oil Painting
Dec 01, 9:00 AM PST
16th/17th Century Italian School Oil Painting
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $300- $500
$1252 Bids
Friedrich Wirnhier (Germany, 1868 - 1952)
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Friedrich Wirnhier (Germany, 1868 - 1952)
by Helmuth Stone
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5502 Bids
MARIOTTO ALBERTINELLI (1474-1515) (COPIE OF)
Dec 05, 2:00 PM CET
MARIOTTO ALBERTINELLI (1474-1515) (COPIE OF)
by Bernaerts Auctioneers
Est: €800- €1,200
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DUDLEY SUMMERS (1892 - 1975)
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
DUDLEY SUMMERS (1892 - 1975)
by James Cox Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674) - attributed
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674) - attributed
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €280- €0
€1401 Bid
FOUR MEXICAN TIN RETABLOS
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
FOUR MEXICAN TIN RETABLOS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
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Teofilo Patini, Frate accasciato su drappo rosso.
Nov 30, 10:00 AM CET
Teofilo Patini, Frate accasciato su drappo rosso.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €180- €360
€1801 Bid

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