Art in churches

Art has been almost synonymous with the church since the dawn of Christianity. Art in churches is created by church members or for the church by commissioned artists.

The works of church art may include architecture, applied arts, decorative arts, sculptures, iconography (aka visual art), installation, or performance art. Church videos, music, and other art forms may be included in the wider sense of art in churches.

The core subject matter of art in churches has traditionally been the times and life of Jesus Christ and those associated with Him, including the saints, his disciples, the pope, etc. It may also include church-related objects like motifs of the scripture and the bible.

Fazzini’s The Resurrection – The Vatican’s creepy sculpture behind the pope

Ever heard about the ‘demonic’ idol in the Vatican? Well, this refers to the large modern sculpture depicting the resurrection of Jesus, a backdrop work of art behind the stage in Paul VI Audience Hall. The Paul VI Audience Halls draws many conspiracy theories not only due to this sculpture that people swear is a …

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Marc Chagall & His 12 stained glass windows in Jerusalem

In early 1962, renowned artist Marc Chagall stood in the synagogue at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centers in Jerusalem. Above him were twelve stained-glass windows that he had designed himself. It was this where he delivered a touching speech. Chagall had an audience of about three hundred people as he installed the windows, including the …

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Dawoud Bey’s somber Night Coming Tenderly, Black project

Night Coming Tenderly, Black is the work of photographer Dawoud Bey. It consists of large-scale portraits that dive into the literary history as it tries to re-create the practice of the slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. When Bey visited the outskirts of Cleveland in 2017, he realized that the landscape did not primarily change …

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You have never seen a church window like this – Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is an 87-year-old German artist, mostly known for his photorealistic paintings. Many regard him as one of the most dumbfounding and hardworking artists. He still keeps himself busy, creating new works, mostly in his Cologne studio. Richter has also proven his generosity. He donated one of his works, an enormous 23 x 9-meter …

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Rainbow Church – The liberation of light

Rainbow church is aptly named and refers to an eight-meter-high installation that creates a rainbow as light is refracted within its space. The installation is a wall of crystal prism that throws off rainbows to anyone within the installation space. The 500 crystal prisms that make up the installation allow light passing through them to …

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What is Xu Bing’s gigantic Phoenix project?

Xu Bing is an internationally celebrated Chinese artist. He works in a couple of disciplines and materials but the most common is ink painting, printmaking, and calligraphy. Xu has worked with pigs and silkworms. Though, one of his well-known installations is a gigantic flying dragon titled Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely …

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