#religious art

Art History 101

The Pantocrator Christ Depictions

When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek, the word Almighty was rendered as Pantocrator, from the Greek words pas (all) and kratos (might,...

Ledys Chemin 2 June 2020

Bizarre

The Intriguing Tale of Shocking Sheela Na Gig and Its Art References

Everyone remembers their first sighting of a Sheela Na Gig. Wandering around an old church, breathing in the architecture, the history, the silence.

Candy Bedworth 29 May 2020

Avatars of Vishnu. Ten Incarnations of the Eastern God

Vishnu has been worshipped for over 2000 years as the supreme protector of the Hindu triumvirate, along with Shiva and Brahmin. His role in the...

Maya M. Tola 26 May 2020

Crowning the May Queen in Art

The May Queen is the personification of springtime. Crowned with fresh flowers, she leads her people to the Maypole for fun and frolicking. A maiden...

Candy Bedworth 13 May 2020

Long Read

Journey to the East – Buddhist Art Across Cultures

From its beginnings in India, Buddhist art has traveled across cultures. Buddhism developed its character thanks to many pilgrims who made their...

Marina Kochetkova 12 May 2020

Ancient Art

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut (1479-1458 B.C.E.) was the fifth pharaoh of Egypt’s Eighteenth Dynasty and arguably the most important amongst ancient Egypt’s...

Maya M. Tola 12 May 2020

Holy Week in Art. Easter Explained in Paintings

To celebrate the Christian festival of Easter, here is the story of Holy Week and Easter explained in paintings. Palm Sunday Stained glass...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 April 2020

Talk about the Passion – Exploring Art at Easter

Easter Holy Week and The Crucifixion The final days of Holy Week are traditionally associated with the trial and execution of Jesus, culminating in...

Jon Kelly 10 April 2020

Art History 101

10 Things You Need To Know About Jan Van Eyck

Jan van Eyck was a Flemish painter active in Bruges who was born in 1390 and died in 1441. He was one of the innovators of what became known as Early...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 January 2020

Ardhanarishvara – Androgynous Portrayal of Shiva and Parvati

The composite form of Shiva and his consort, Shakti (another name for Parvati) is known as the Ardhanarishvara or the ‘God who is...

Maya M. Tola 5 December 2019

Iconography of Ganesh

Ganesh is the patron God of writers and intellectuals, and arguably the most well-known of the Hindu Gods. He is worshipped across all sects of...

Maya M. Tola 12 November 2019

Open to Influences – Arthur Hacker and his Mary with Many Qualities

Arthur Hacker was a painter of the late Victorian era. Painting a spectrum of subjects, everything from society portraiture, classical, religious and...

Hannah Demaine 12 October 2019