religious artwork

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Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.

He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.

And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.

He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”

Not Your Mother’s Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Photo credit: Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
“Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ”
(1880)
Oil on canvas
Academicism
Located in the La Rochelle Cathedral, La Rochelle, France

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Symbols in Renaissance Art: Doves

Throughout the centuries doves have appeared as symbols in numerous religious and secular settings but may be best known for its wide use in Christianity. Renaissance artists utilized doves primarily in religious artwork to depict the third element of the trinity, the Holy Spirit. Shown above the figures in the painting, wings spread and often in a burst of light gives the dove an ethereal appearance, indicating its religious significance.   

Guido Reni (1575-1642)
“Penitent Magdalene” (1635)
Oil on canvas
Baroque
Located in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Okay this is gonna start off weird, but hear me out:

Night at the Museum Samifer AU.
Lucifer is a statue in the religious artworks exhibit of an art museum, and Sam is the new night watchman who hasn’t been told about the tablet that brings everything and everyone to life at night.

Sam is running around, freaked out by everything but doing everything he can to keep his wits about him.

Meanwhile, Lucifer wakes up in the locked ancient artifact section. He hears a lot of noise from elsewhere, but he’s not sure what the deal is. He sits up from his slumped position against a slab of stone with carvings on it. The tablet is new to the museum so he is still terribly unused to being able to move every night. Other things shy away from him—the religious figures out of a mutual understanding and the others out of fear. He is the fallen angel Lucifer, after all.

Kali causes a disruption in the room with Indian artifacts, and the main door is unlocked. The noise calms down after a few minutes. The sound of shoes strolling past the Christian exhibit stops and backtracks (with hesitation, as far as Lucifer can tell). A head pokes in the doorway and Lucifer finds himself staring. The man looks around in wonder at the exhibit, and while everything else in the room ignores the newcomer, Lucifer can’t help but stare. ‘He’s beautiful,’ Lucifer reasons. ‘Father truly did create some extraordinary things out of the human species.’

Sam accidentally makes eye contact with the fallen angel. And wow. He was supposed to be a wax re-creation of an old European statue, but…he looked so real. They part ways without saying a word to each other, though.

The next night, Lucifer waits patiently for Sam to return.

He does.

They stare.

And Lucifer makes an assessment; ‘male, Caucasian, 21st century clothing, currently in America…English should work just fine.’

“Hello.”

“…hello.”

…and that is how it begins.

seventeen as artists
  • S.Coups: always squeezes too much paint and has to throw it away, the reason he's broke is from buying more paint
  • Jeonghan: only does self portraits. his friends call him the modern frida kahlo. kahlo painted herself with monkeys? jeonghan paints himself with wings and a halo
  • Joshua: does a lot of religious artwork and his church frames all of them and puts them up and he's semi-famous in the religious art world because of that
  • Jun: always requests nude models "it's for art" he says. no one knows
  • Hoshi: movement art. he likes mobiles too, but focuses on capturing movement in paintings
  • Wonwoo: always has artist's block...can't focus...needs to sleep...vegetarian (not sure why that matters but he wants you to know)
  • Woozi: works so hard on every painting, takes months to complete a work he's proud of and never sleeps. sometimes you can't tell with his eyes, but they're open
  • DK: paints flowers and sells them. he's the most technically talented artist ever and all his drawings look amazing and everyone else is like "why can't i be successful like seokmin"
  • Mingyu: doesn't wash his hands and always has paint everywhere. but let it be known that he actually prefers sketching
  • The8: paints animals, mostly dogs. can't live without his dog. his favorite paintings are the pawprint ones he makes his dog do
  • Seungkwan: half of the time he's super productive and the other half he can't do anything, hates criticism because he self-criticizes a lot already, his art is best quality
  • Vernon: comic artist. very dumb. very meme. sleeps during the day and eats snacks instead of meals
  • Dino: cries a lot, cries when the color is wrong, cries when he's out of paint, cries when he can't drive himself to get new paint because he's smol---- everyone's used to it by now
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final artwork images for my FYP! im super happy im able to use these drawings again (with some changes here and there)

they’re based on religious/pop-culture/indigenous artwork found on jeepneys (and also contains references to me/my childhood and my grandfather), using mostly colours found on the flag of the Philippines!