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Why religious art?

13925269_2125548211003632_6993629490252385222_nThere are some paintings that are so beautiful they make you want to climb in and stay there.

The idea behind religious art is – or was – to depict a world, a reality, so much more important and so much more Real than ours that it reminds you that this world is not the one we’re supposed to desire.

Happy Sunday.




4 thoughts on “Why religious art?”

  1. James says:

    Ah, that is a panel from the Van Eyck altarpiece in the cathedral of Ghent. I was entranced by it just in the way Hilary describes when I visited last year. I bought a large reproduction of the altarpiece in the gift shop, and it now hangs above my head in bed. However, it’s not the same as seeing one of these sacred masterpieces in person.

    You can see the Virgin and the rest of the altarpiece in extreme closeup on this amazing interactive website:

  2. Michael Dowd says:

    Thanks Hillary. Most uplifting! Makes one think that beauty itself is something we have left in the past.

  3. louiseyvette says:

    That is unbelievably gorgeous

  4. Fuquay Steve says:

    Caravagio (sp?) is one of my favorites. If he was alive I might commission him to paint the Pope as Narcissus. Just sayin’.

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