Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in Babylonia at the time of the destruction of the First Temple. Among his more famous prophecies, which were compiled in the Book of Ezekiel, are his visions of the Divine Chariot, the Valley of the Dry Bones, and the Third Temple. Following is art by various artist inspired … Continue reading Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

The art of Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany. Hildegard's most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias ("Know the Ways"), Liber Vitae Meritorum ("Book of the Rewards … Continue reading The art of Hildegard of Bingen

The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

The following slideshow features paintings by various Christian artists from various cultures inspired by the story of Jesus being presented at the Temple soon after his birth. The gospel of Luke describes it this way: When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem … Continue reading The presentation of Jesus at the Temple

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Jesus

In honour of the release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, here is a collection of religiously themed Star Wars fan art. You'll note a lot of the images feature either Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader) or Luke Skywalker as a Jesus-like figure, though Yoda, Princess Leia, and C3PO gets their turn … Continue reading Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Jesus

Terminator Jesus: Dark Fate

In honour of the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, here is some religiously themed Terminator art. I kind of like in a way that some of these images show the myth of redemptive violence (against enemies), that is on full display in the Terminator franchise, conflicts with the Christian understanding of redemption through faithful perseverance … Continue reading Terminator Jesus: Dark Fate

The visionary art of the Rothschild Canticles

The Rothschild Canticles is one of the most unusual illuminated manuscripts to have survived from the Middle Ages. The text was made around 1300 to serve as an aid to mystical devotions in which images played as central a role as the written word. Visionary depictions of the Trinity, the Song of Songs, the Virgin … Continue reading The visionary art of the Rothschild Canticles

Visions of a Meditating Jesus

Meditation is not as foreign to Christianity as many think. Meditation is mentioned frequently in the book of Psalms for instance, though notably the focus of the psalmists is much more on the who than the how of it, as is typical of Jewish and Christian practice. What follows is a sizeable collection of images … Continue reading Visions of a Meditating Jesus

Christian Art: The Fruit of the Spirit

Jesus once warned, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good … Continue reading Christian Art: The Fruit of the Spirit

Indian Jewish Art

This curious painting by Indian Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is called Tikkun Olam. In Jewish teachings, Tikkun Olam is any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. The pale blue female figure, balancing on a lotus flower, is a portrait of the artist herself. With … Continue reading Indian Jewish Art