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Sources of Symbolism in Christianity Christianity is, and always has been, a faith that finds expression in highly visual ways … through painting and sculpture, image, icon, symbol, design, and other non-verbal means. We take a look at the principal varieties of Christian symbolism, both traditional and contemporary.
Color plays a crucial role in the symbolism and iconography of the Christian tradition. Here we outline the meanings associated with color in Christian worship, art, architecture and design. Read more ….
One of the most inspiring art forms available to the public without charge are the stained glass windows found in churches around the world. These are often found in buildings that are themselves worth visiting. Neil Ralley’s collection of photographs, available online, makes the perfect starting point for an exploration of this medium. We have […]
Last Christmas, some Christians were outraged when Starbucks removed reindeer and ornaments from its holiday coffee cups. They accused the coffee giant of launching a new front on the “war on Christmas.” We noticed, however, that unlike other businesses, the company did call its seasonal coffee, “Christmas Blend,” not shying away from the religious terminology. The […]
The Face and the Figure of Jesus With the possible exception of the cross, the figure of Jesus is the central symbol of Christianity. This, despite the fact that no one knows what Jesus looked like. Contemplating this symbol can not only deepen your appreciation of Christianity, it can be a central part in the […]
Michelangelo Paintings from the Sistine Chapel Come with us to Rome. Our image map brings you the painstakingly restored paintings of the Creation and Fall in one of the most beautiful settings anywhere. Under these images Popes are elected.
The Gallery Tour Whatever the skeptics and secularists have to say about it, Jesus is alive and well within popular culture. Magazines, radio, television, newspapers, billboards, roadside signs … and especially the Internet … are filled with images to satisfy the curiosity of the faithful. Pictures of Jesus proliferate and we have collected hundreds of […]
Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” is the most popular image of Jesus ever made. It is an icon of American culture. It also raises a host of questions about Christianity, the historical Jesus, and the faith of those who identify with this painting. Check it out now.
Larosa is one of the foremost artists working at the interface of spirituality and aesthetics, religion and the arts. Among his latest works, a beautiful website and booklet, is a meditation on the meaning of the cross, inspired by the Gospel of Thomas. Check it out here.
Paintings and Pictures of Muhammed In the context of yet another crisis following satirical treatment of Mohammed, it is often stated that paintings or other visual images of the Prophet are forbidden within Islam. This view not withstanding, there is a rich history or art in which Muhammed is portrayed. We look at some outstanding examples.