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How do you express the divine? Artists share visions of God, enlightenment and re-tell the stories of their faith — creating artwork for contemplation, for worship, and to strike fear into the hearts of sinners. We don't know what happens after death, but history has a few ideas.

The First Mourning

The First Mourning

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1888
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Albrecht Dürer,1504
Portrait of a Young Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman

200
Gnome

Gnome

Odilon Redon,1879
Angel of the Revelation

Angel of the Revelation

William Blake,1803-1805
Dante Running from the Three Beasts

Dante Running from the Three Beasts

William Blake,1824-1827
Six-Winged Seraphim

Six-Winged Seraphim

Mikhail Vrubel,1904
Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Alexandre Cabanel,1868
Glory

Glory

Titian,1551-1554
The Last Angel

The Last Angel

Nicholas Roerich,1912
Angels Appearing before the Shepherds

Angels Appearing before the Shepherds

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1910
The Voices

The Voices

Gustave Moreau,1867
Voices Of Evening

Voices Of Evening

Gustave Moreau,1885
The Sacred Elephant (Péri)

The Sacred Elephant (Péri)

Gustave Moreau,1882
Polyptych of Perugia

Polyptych of Perugia

Piero della Francesca,1470
The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Sandro Botticelli,1483-1485
The Annunciation

The Annunciation

El Greco,1596-1600
Bodhisattva Manjushri

Bodhisattva Manjushri

1100
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

1100
Bodhisattva Kenshu, 賢首菩薩

Bodhisattva Kenshu, 賢首菩薩

Hishida Shunsō,1907
Standing Buddha Offering Protection

Standing Buddha Offering Protection

500
Seated Buddha

Seated Buddha

700
Late Gupta Period Buddha

Late Gupta Period Buddha

700
Miracle of Sravasti

Miracle of Sravasti

200
Cathedral Interior

Cathedral Interior

Wenzel Hablik,1921
The Church at Auvers

The Church at Auvers

Vincent Van Gogh,1890
Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape

Caspar David Friedrich,1811
Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds

Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Grounds

John Constable,1825
The Moscow Kremlin Egg

The Moscow Kremlin Egg

Peter Carl Fabergé,1906
Les Invalides, Paris

Les Invalides, Paris

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1896
Cardinal and Nun (Caress)

Cardinal and Nun (Caress)

Egon Schiele,1912
Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert

Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert

Paul Cézanne,1866
Scivias I.6: The Choirs of Angels

Scivias I.6: The Choirs of Angels

Hildegard von Bingen,1150
Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer

Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer

Hildegard von Bingen,1150
Stefaneschi Triptych

Stefaneschi Triptych

Giotto di Bondone,1320
Prophet Habbakuk

Prophet Habbakuk

Donatello,1423-1426
Prophet Habbakuk - Detail

Prophet Habbakuk - Detail

Donatello,1423-1426
Calling of Saint Matthew

Calling of Saint Matthew

Caravaggio,1600
Conversion on the way to Damascus

Conversion on the way to Damascus

Caravaggio,1600-1601
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Gustav Klimt,1917-1918
Judith and the Head of Holofernes

Judith and the Head of Holofernes

Gustav Klimt,1901
The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew

The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew

Caravaggio,1599
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

El Greco,1585-1590
Saint John the Evangelist

Saint John the Evangelist

El Greco,1605
Rebecca et Eliézer

Rebecca et Eliézer

Alexandre Cabanel,1883
The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Caravaggio,1601-1602
Susanna and the Elders

Susanna and the Elders

Artemisia Gentileschi,1610
Jael and Sisera

Jael and Sisera

Artemisia Gentileschi,1620
Esther before Ahasuerus

Esther before Ahasuerus

Artemisia Gentileschi,1628-1635

Dost thou see how the unjust tyranny of worldly power and the might of darkness prevail? Hear, thou knight of Christ, ride on beside the Lord Jesus; guard the truth, win the martyr's crown!

A prayer for the safety of Martin Luther

Albrecht Dürer,1521
Jacob's Dream

Jacob's Dream

Giorgio Vasari,1557-1558
The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Titian,1542-1544
Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah

Anthony van Dyck,1628-1630
Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Elisabetta Sirani,1660
Salome

Salome

Giampietrino,1510
Moses in the Bullrushes

Moses in the Bullrushes

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1921
Hortus Deliciarum — The Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles

Hortus Deliciarum — The Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles

Herrad of Landsberg,1180
Jacob and the Angel

Jacob and the Angel

Gustave Moreau,1878
Job And His Friends

Job And His Friends

Ilya Repin,1869

The penalty of sin remains as long as the hatred of self...

The 95 Theses

1517
Indian Church

Indian Church

Emily Carr,1929
Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice)

Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore (Venice)

Andrea Palladio,1566-1610
Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Adolf Wölfli,1914
Crucifixion and Last Judgement

Crucifixion and Last Judgement

Jan Van Eyck,1430-1440
David with the Head of Goliath (1607)

David with the Head of Goliath (1607)

Caravaggio,1607
David with the Head of Goliath (1610)

David with the Head of Goliath (1610)

Caravaggio,1610
David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Titian,1542-1544
David

David

Michelangelo,1501-1504
The Fall of the Rebel Angels

The Fall of the Rebel Angels

Pieter Bruegel the Elder,1562
The Demon Flying

The Demon Flying

Mikhail Vrubel,1899
The Demon Seated

The Demon Seated

Mikhail Vrubel,1890
The Fallen Demon

The Fallen Demon

Mikhail Vrubel,1902
The Inferno, Canto 21

The Inferno, Canto 21

Gustave Doré,1861
Dante and Virgil in Hell

Dante and Virgil in Hell

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1850
Hantise (Obsession)

Hantise (Obsession)

Odilon Redon,1894
The Okazaki Cat Demon

The Okazaki Cat Demon

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,1850
Ushiwakamaru Fights Benkei on Gojô Bridge

Ushiwakamaru Fights Benkei on Gojô Bridge

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,1847-1850
The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters

The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes,1799
Eva and Adam

Eva and Adam

Albrecht Dürer,1507
Detail: Law Code of Hammurabi

Detail: Law Code of Hammurabi

Hammurabi,1750 BCE
Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Naram-Sin,2230 BCE
Elohim Creating Adam

Elohim Creating Adam

William Blake,1805
The Creation of Eve from Adam

The Creation of Eve from Adam

Raphael Sanzio,1500
The Goddess Aurora Triumphing Over Night

The Goddess Aurora Triumphing Over Night

Jean-Honoré Fragonard,1755-1756
Isis and Horus

Isis and Horus

640 BCE
Cycladic female figure

Cycladic female figure

2300 BCE-2200 BCE
Closed Eyes

Closed Eyes

Odilon Redon,1889
Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car

William Blake,1824-1827
Paradiso, Canto 34

Paradiso, Canto 34

Gustave Doré,1868
Scivias I.3: God, Cosmos, and Humanity

Scivias I.3: God, Cosmos, and Humanity

Hildegard von Bingen,1165
The Gates of Hell

The Gates of Hell

François Auguste René Rodin,1880-1890
Minos

Minos

William Blake,1824-1827
Temptation of Saint Anthony

Temptation of Saint Anthony

Heironymus Bosch,1510
The Garden of Earthly Delights

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Heironymus Bosch,1503-1504
The Haywain Triptych

The Haywain Triptych

Heironymus Bosch,1516
The Inferno, Canto 15

The Inferno, Canto 15

Gustave Doré,1861
Raising of Lazarus

Raising of Lazarus

Caravaggio,1609
Christ in the House of His Parents

Christ in the House of His Parents

John Everett Millais,1849-1850
Christ and the Storm

Christ and the Storm

Giorgio de Chirico,1914
Crucified Christ

Crucified Christ

Agnolo Bronzino,1545
The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement

Heironymus Bosch,1482
The Entombment of Christ

The Entombment of Christ

Caravaggio,1602-1603
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Pieter Bruegel the Elder,1565
The Procession to Calvary

The Procession to Calvary

Pieter Bruegel the Elder,1564
El Salvador

El Salvador

El Greco,1610-1614
Christ on the Cross

Christ on the Cross

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes,1780
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Rembrandt van Rijn,1633
The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity

El Greco,1577-1579
The Agony in the Garden

The Agony in the Garden

El Greco,1590-1595
Mond Crucifixion

Mond Crucifixion

Raphael Sanzio,1502
The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement

Giorgio Vasari,1572-1579
The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane

Giorgio Vasari,1570
The Burial of Christ

The Burial of Christ

Titian,1572
The Burial of Christ - 1559

The Burial of Christ - 1559

Titian,1559
The Tribute Money

The Tribute Money

Titian,1560-1568
Christ Carrying the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross

Titian,1565
The Mourning of Christ

The Mourning of Christ

Giotto di Bondone,1304-1306
Crucifix of the Malatesta Temple

Crucifix of the Malatesta Temple

Giotto di Bondone,1310-1317
Descent from the Cross

Descent from the Cross

Maurice Denis,1901
The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

Fra Angelico,1420-1423
And We See

And We See

Nicholas Roerich,1922
Christ In Silence

Christ In Silence

Odilon Redon,1897
Pietà

Pietà

Gustave Moreau,1876
Man of Sorrows

Man of Sorrows

James Ensor,1891
Flagellation of Christ

Flagellation of Christ

Piero della Francesca,1455-1460
Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889

Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889

James Ensor,1888
Christ Crowned with Thorns

Christ Crowned with Thorns

Fra Angelico,1438-1439
Triptych: The Crucifixion

Triptych: The Crucifixion

Rogier van der Weyden,1443-1445
The Descent from the Cross

The Descent from the Cross

Rogier van der Weyden,1435-1438
The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci,1495-1498
John the Baptist

John the Baptist

Caravaggio,1610
John the Baptist in the Wilderness

John the Baptist in the Wilderness

Caravaggio,1604
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist

The Birth of Saint John the Baptist

Artemisia Gentileschi,1635
The Baptism of Christ

The Baptism of Christ

Piero della Francesca,1448-1450
Tidings of the Eagle

Tidings of the Eagle

Nicholas Roerich,1927
Descent of Christ Into Limbo

Descent of Christ Into Limbo

Agnolo Bronzino,1552
The Small Cowper Madonna

The Small Cowper Madonna

Raphael Sanzio,1505
Feast of Rose Garlands

Feast of Rose Garlands

Albrecht Dürer,1506
Madonna of the Rosary

Madonna of the Rosary

Peter Paul Rubens,1607
Madonna Laboris (Sketch)

Madonna Laboris (Sketch)

Nicholas Roerich,1936
Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child

Giampietrino,1510-1525
Madonna of the Cherries

Madonna of the Cherries

Giampietrino,1525
The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Edward Burne-Jones,1879
The Newborn Christ

The Newborn Christ

Georges de La Tour,1640
Polyptych of the Misericordia — Detail of the Madonna

Polyptych of the Misericordia — Detail of the Madonna

Piero della Francesca,1460-1462
The Annunciation and Life of the Virgin

The Annunciation and Life of the Virgin

Fra Angelico,1426
The Manger

The Manger

Gertrude Käsebier,1903
Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Artemisia Gentileschi,1613-1620
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

Johannes Vermeer,1654-1656
The Penitent Magdalene

The Penitent Magdalene

Georges de La Tour,1640
The Magdalene with the Smoking Flame

The Magdalene with the Smoking Flame

Georges de La Tour,1638-1640
The Repentant Magdalene

The Repentant Magdalene

Georges de La Tour,1635-1640
The Awakening Conscience

The Awakening Conscience

William Holman Hunt,1853
The Death of Moses

The Death of Moses

Alexandre Cabanel,1850
Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Anthony van Dyck,1530
Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

Fra Angelico,1440-1460
The Nativity, for Liturgy

The Nativity, for Liturgy

Natalia Goncharova,1915
Adoration of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds

Giorgione,1505-1510
Worship

Worship

Ferdinand Hodler,1893
Young Christian Girl

Young Christian Girl

Paul Gauguin,1894
Prayer

Prayer

Man Ray,1930
Padma Sambhava

Padma Sambhava

Nicholas Roerich,1924
The Return of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son

Rembrandt van Rijn,1669
Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Hilma af Klint,1915
To Be Looked At

To Be Looked At

Marcel Duchamp,1918
Supper at Emmaus (1602)

Supper at Emmaus (1602)

Caravaggio,1602
Supper at Emmaus (1606)

Supper at Emmaus (1606)

Caravaggio,1606
Christ Carrying His Cross

Christ Carrying His Cross

Giampietrino,1530
The Penitent Magdalene

The Penitent Magdalene

Giampietrino,1530
Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child

Giampietrino,1510
The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk)

The Praying Jew (Rabbi of Vitebsk)

Marc Chagall,1914
The Yellow Christ

The Yellow Christ

Paul Gauguin,1889
Perforated plaque of Dudu

Perforated plaque of Dudu

Entemena, King of Lagash,2450 BCE
Deposition of Christ

Deposition of Christ

Agnolo Bronzino,1540-1545
The Adoration of the Bronze Snake

The Adoration of the Bronze Snake

Agnolo Bronzino,1540-1545
Buddha

Buddha

Odilon Redon,1910
Christ

Christ

Odilon Redon,1887
St Sebastian

St Sebastian

Raphael Sanzio,1501
Madonna with Child and Saints

Madonna with Child and Saints

Raphael Sanzio,1502
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Raphael Sanzio,1506
Temptations of St Jerome

Temptations of St Jerome

Giorgio Vasari,1541
Saint Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness

Saint Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness

Albrecht Dürer,1496
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Giotto di Bondone,1295-1300
Badia Polyptych

Badia Polyptych

Giotto di Bondone,1300
Maesta of Santa Trinita

Maesta of Santa Trinita

Cimabue,1280-1290
Polyptych of Bologna

Polyptych of Bologna

Giotto di Bondone,1330-1335
Altarpiece of Santa Reparata — Back

Altarpiece of Santa Reparata — Back

Giotto di Bondone,1310
Baroncelli Polyptych

Baroncelli Polyptych

Giotto di Bondone,1334
Saint Anthony Tempted by a Lump of Gold

Saint Anthony Tempted by a Lump of Gold

Fra Angelico,1436
Baby Jesus and St. Anthony of Padua

Baby Jesus and St. Anthony of Padua

Elisabetta Sirani,1656
Saint Panteleimon the Healer

Saint Panteleimon the Healer

Nicholas Roerich,1931
Zvenigorod

Zvenigorod

Nicholas Roerich,1933
Elijah the Prophet

Elijah the Prophet

Nicholas Roerich,1931
The Virgin and Child with St. Dominic and Thomas Aquinas

The Virgin and Child with St. Dominic and Thomas Aquinas

Fra Angelico,1430
A Man Reading (Saint Ivo)

A Man Reading (Saint Ivo)

Rogier van der Weyden,1450
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun

William Blake,1803
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun

William Blake,1805-1810
Last Judgment

Last Judgment

Fra Angelico,1431
Ghosts, Devils and the King of Hell

Ghosts, Devils and the King of Hell

Utagawa Kuniyoshi,1850
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Lorenzo Monaco,1420
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things

Heironymus Bosch,1845
The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel

Pieter Bruegel the Elder,1563
The "Little" Tower of Babel

The "Little" Tower of Babel

Pieter Bruegel the Elder,1565
The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Dante Gabriel Rossetti,1850
The Childhood of Mary Virgin

The Childhood of Mary Virgin

Dante Gabriel Rossetti,1849
The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

Heironymus Bosch,1475
The Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary

El Greco,1597
The Madonna of the Lilies

The Madonna of the Lilies

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1899
Virgin Comforter

Virgin Comforter

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1875
The Virgin, the Baby Jesus and Saint John the Baptist

The Virgin, the Baby Jesus and Saint John the Baptist

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1875
Pieta

Pieta

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1876
The Virgin With Angels

The Virgin With Angels

William-Adolphe Bouguereau,1900
Assumption of the Virgin

Assumption of the Virgin

Titian,1516-1518
Madonna Enthroned

Madonna Enthroned

Giotto di Bondone,1310
The Entombment of Mary

The Entombment of Mary

Giotto di Bondone,1310
Altarpiece of Santa Reparata — Front

Altarpiece of Santa Reparata — Front

Giotto di Bondone,1310
Fiesole Altarpiece

Fiesole Altarpiece

Fra Angelico,1424-1425
Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Elisabetta Sirani,1663
The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1898
Study for the Annunciation

Study for the Annunciation

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1898
Mary

Mary

Henry Ossawa Tanner,1914
The Education of the Virgin

The Education of the Virgin

Georges de La Tour,1650
The Virgin with Child, Angels and Saints

The Virgin with Child, Angels and Saints

Piero della Francesca,1472-1474
The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Jan Van Eyck,1434-1436
The Madonna in the Church

The Madonna in the Church

Jan Van Eyck,1438
The Ghent Altarpiece, Open

The Ghent Altarpiece, Open

Jan Van Eyck,1430-1432
Virgin and Child, with Saints and Donor

Virgin and Child, with Saints and Donor

Jan Van Eyck,1441-1443
The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning

The Crucifixion, with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist Mourning

Rogier van der Weyden,1460
The Virgin and Child enthroned

The Virgin and Child enthroned

Rogier van der Weyden,1433
Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Rogier van der Weyden,1454
Virgin of the Rocks, 2nd Version

Virgin of the Rocks, 2nd Version

Leonardo da Vinci,1483-1508
Madonna

Madonna

Lorenzo Monaco,1400
Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Lorenzo Monaco,1410
Doni Tondo

Doni Tondo

Michelangelo,1507
Pietà

Pietà

Michelangelo,1498-1499

Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. From these contraries spring what the religious call Good and Evil... Good is heaven. Evil is hell.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

William Blake,1790
Laocoön

Laocoön

William Blake,1825-1827
Votive Figurines from Eshnunna

Votive Figurines from Eshnunna

2700 BCE
Gudea cylinders

Gudea cylinders

Gudea, King of Lagash,2125 BCE

I am Nin-jirsu. No country can bear my fierce stare, nobody escapes my outstretched arms.

The Building of Ningirsu's Temple - Cylinder A

Gudea, King of Lagash,2125 BCE

The day was for supplication, the night was for prayer. The moonlight ... early morning, its master.

The Building of Ningirsu's Temple - Cylinder B

Gudea, King of Lagash,2125 BCE
Male Worshiper of Ninshubur

Male Worshiper of Ninshubur

2250 BCE

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