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
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
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
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
A curious feature of medieval and renaissance depictions of Moses is that quite a few paintings and sculptures imagine him as horned. Indeed he looks a lot like a Pagan horned god in many of them. Many scholars believe this was due to a mistranslation in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Hebrew scriptures … Continue reading The Horned Moses in Medieval Art
An image from the 12th century "Jigoku Zoshi (Hell Scroll)" located at the Nara National Museum in Japan. It depicts a Japanese Buddhist version of Hell. The primary difference between Buddhist versions of Hell and Christian versions of Hell has to do with their different conceptions of time. Buddhist regard time as circular, so stays … Continue reading Hell from a Buddhist Perspective
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Trump as incubus, "A Woman's Nightmare" An incubus is a demon in male form who, according to legendary, attack women in their dreams in order to have sex with them and spawn demonic children. Psychologists have speculated that these legends could have arisen from experiences of parasomnia or sleep paralysis. Some traditions hold that … Continue reading Trump as Woman’s Nightmare
Paintings illustrating the infamous incident where Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. The gospel of Mark records the incident as follows: Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do … Continue reading Christian Art: Peter Denies Jesus
Well, with it being the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing this week I though it's an appropriate time to inflict you all with this geek meme: Astronaut Jesus.
There is an amazing array of Christian art covering the story of Jonah, the reluctant prophet. Click through to see the full gallery of images I've collected.