Art Comp. I
26 November 2011
Religion in Art
Art and religion share a similar essence and therefore make it natural that they are side by side. The exact definition of religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral cod governing the conduct of human affairs. Art’s exact definition is the plastic, auditory, or other expressive manifestation of our dreams, aspirations or the better tendencies of our spirits. In reading this the understanding in which art and religion are almost together in one makes sense.
An example of religious art is compared to the one above. This is the piece of the Holy Family and Angels which lies in the walls of the Vatican. The Vatican can be a major piece that exemplifies the whole idea of religion in art. The monument is built in for the essence of the Roman Catholics and is embellished in gold and ivory sculptures; lavished with paintings from one side of the ceiling to another. Religion is the story of our culture’s belief and rituals. Art simplifies it to those who do not have the same language and beliefs. Although there have been many documentations of religions and cultures, much of it could not have been understood if it weren’t for the images that helped show its meaning. (Father and Newborn)
A simpler version of art in religion is the Christian cross. The symbol is used as a message for the followers of Jesus. Also used is the drawing of the Christian fish. These are all pieces of art that help define and symbolize our religious ideas and myths. Art is and forever will be an irreplaceable accessory to religion.
The primitive and ignorant are unable to pray to the ideas in their mind alone, so they build sculptures to help their ideas come to life. Hinduism has the Buddha, Catholics have the Virgin Mary,...