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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.
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 [...]
The Christmas Story: As seen through the eyes of artist, Albrecht Durer, and we ourselves.
Paintings and Pictures of Muhammed In the context of yet another crisis following satirical treatment of Mohammed, in this case, a rather juvenile film, 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. [...]
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 [...]
Since putting together this image map with the great photos of the Sistine Chapel ceiling some ten years ago, it has been one of the most popular pages on this site. Now I will be photographing it in person, and blog casting live from Rome. Stay tuned. Michelangelo Paintings from the Sistine Chapel Come with [...]
The Face of Jesus Artists across the centuries have attempted to picture the face of Jesus in paintings, photos, drawings, movies, images, icons, sculpture, and now even computer wallpaper. Before asking what this all means, let’s consider a few of the outstanding examples …
An Affair to Remember Florence holds out one of greatest opportunities for inspiration as well as education about the history and art of the Christian tradition. The Ufizzi Gallery is a case in point.
Seeing One’s Own Land and Faith From a Distance A View from Paris: The Photography of Dorthea Lange and the Lessons of Islamic Art
Nature’s God The Hudson River School was the first coherent movement or “school” of American art. This group of painters, several of whom lived and worked in the Hudson River region, went about their work with an awareness that they were capturing not just the colors and shapes of the natural world, but the living [...]