religious painting

anonymous asked:

If Christianity is considered monotheistic, then why is there a holy trinity? What is the difference between the father, son, and the Holy Spirit? If God is to be considered as one, then why does he have all of these aspects?

Well, it is so because the Church fathers said it was so and in the third century after Christ if you said any different you were burned as a heretic and thousands were burned for saying this very thing. It takes some real philosophical gymnastics to come up with the Trinity. Islam and Judaism see Christians as polytheists and idolaters. Polytheists because of the Trinity and idolaters because Christians make “graven images” of God in contravention of the second commandment.

During the Reformation many breakaway Protestant sects actually raided Cathedrals and destroyed priceless stained glass art, ornate altars, paintings and religious icons because they were seen as blasphemous and pagan. These were the original iconoclasts

Imagine. People fought wars over this. 

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

Albrecht Dürer - The Flight to Egypt (1497)


John Martin (1789–1854, England)

Dramatic landscapes 2

John Martin was an English Romantic painter and one of the most popular artists of his day. He was celebrated for his typically vast and melodramatic paintings of religious subjects and fantastic compositions, populated with minute figures placed in imposing landscapes. His dramatic and subjective style of composition was in stark contrast to the emerging schools of naturalism and realism, which led his work to fall out of critical favour soon after his death, however a revival in interest has occured towards the end of the 20th century, and now his major works are popular pieces of many museum’s collections.