Christian Art Photos

This Index covers the art and architecture developed by Christian faiths. Given that many early Christians could not read, certain visual symbols or attributes were created to identify who or what was being portrayed in each story. This entire index is designed to help art lovers understand what paintings are about. In other words how to read the walls of a church or museum.

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Story of Christ in Art Altarpiece fragment of Christ Child worshipped by Three Kings alabaster carving at Schleswig Holstein State Museum. Schleswig, Germany Last Supper stained glass window from The Netherlands at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI The Crucifixion paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
Saints, Apostles, Evangelists, Martyrs in Art St John the Baptist painting by El Greco at Legion of Honor Museum. San Francisco, CA St Sebastian painting by Andrea Mantegna at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria St Jerome in His Study painting by Jan van Eyck at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI
Gothic Churches St-Denis Basilica , first major structure built mostly in Gothic style, heralding transition from Romanesque to Gothic style in later cathedrals. St Denis, France Notre Dame Cathedral with some re-building & additions in subsequent centuries. Senlis, France Facade of Chartres Cathedral. Chartres, France
Baroque Churches Gößweinstein pilgrimage basilica of Holy Trinity. Gößweinstein, Germany Detail of death of St Magnus of Füssen ceiling fresco from life of St Mang at Basilica St Mang. Füssen, Germany Ettal Benedictine Abbey original Abbey founded by Emperor Ludwig IV. Ettal village, Germany

To hold relics of Saints
Silver-gilt bust of Charlemagne , with precious stones & containing Charlemagne relic at Aachen Cathedral Treasury. Aachen, Germany Arm Reliquary for St Luke from Naples at Louvre Museum. Paris, France Enameled copper reliquary with scenes of Adoration of Magi from Limoges at Cluny Museum. Paris, France
Last Judgment Carvings Last Judgment carving on West high cross at Monasterboice. Ireland Last Judgment carving over center portal of Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris, France Bishops, rich & kings being thrown into burning vats of hell in Last Judgment scene on Reims Cathedral. Reims, France
Last Judgment Paintings Detail of Last Judgment tempera painting by Jan van Eyck & workshop at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY Details of wicked being dragged to Hell by a chain of The Last Judgment painting by Stefan Lochner at Wallraf-Richartz Museum at Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Köln, Germany Detail of Last Judgment triptych painting by Jean Bellegambe from Douai at Berlin Gemaldegalerie. Berlin, Germany
Christian Art of the Old Testament Adam & Eve painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI Sacrifice of Isaac painting by Marc Chagall at Chagall Museum. Nice, France Moses smashing the tablets painting by Rembrandt van Rijn at Berlin Gemaldegalerie. Berlin, Germany
Jesse Tree Art

Family Tree of Jesus
Jesse tree stained glass window in Köln Cathedral. Köln, Germany Flemish altar-front with Jesse Tree in chapel at Abbotsford House. Melrose, Scotland Jesse Tree painting giving family tree including Jesse of Bethlehem, King David, Solomon & Jesus by Geertgen tot Sint-Jans at Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam, NL

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