Art Genres List of Famous Religious Image Paintings

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List of the most famous religious image paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular religious image paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. religious image is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the religious image genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

Examples of items on this list include Adoration of the Magi and St. Sebastian. Featuring Christian paintings, iconic paintings, and more, this list has it all. 

This list answers the questions, "What are examples of religious image paintings?" and "What are the most famous religious image paintings?"
The Elevation of the Cross is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Religious Image Paintings
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The Elevation of the Cross is a triptych painting by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, completed in 1610-1611. Peter Paul Rubens painted The Elevation of the Cross after returning to Flanders from Italy. The work shows the clear influence of Italian Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Michelangelo. The central panel illustrates a tension between the multitude of finely muscled men attempting to lift the cross and the seemingly unbearable weight of Christ on the cross. Peter Paul Rubens' foreshortening is evident in the contortions of the struggling, strapping men. Christ cuts across the central panel in a diagonal, stylistically akin to Caravaggio's Entombment ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

Subject: Passion

Genres (Art): Religious image, History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Baroque

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Adoration of the Magi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Religious Image Paintings
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"Adoration of the Magi" (1623-24) is a painting by Dutch Golden Age artist Abraham Bloemaert. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Abraham Bloemaert

Subject: Biblical Magi, Adoration of the Magi

Genres (Art): Religious image, History painting

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Mannerism, Dutch Golden Age

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The Last Judgment is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Religious Image Paintings
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The Last Judgment is a triptych attributed to German painter Hans Memling and painted between 1467 and 1471. It is now in the National Museum in Gdańsk in Poland. It was commissioned by Angelo Tani, an agent of the Medici at Bruges, but was captured at sea by Paul Beneke, a privateer from Danzig. It was placed in the Basilica of the Assumption but in the 20th century it was moved to its present location. The central panel shows Jesus sitting in judgment on the world, while St Michael the Archangel is weighing souls and driving the damned towards Hell. On the left hand panel, the saved are being guided into heaven by St Peter and angels. On the right-hand panel, the damned are being dragged ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Hans Memling

Genres (Art): Religious image, History painting

Art Form: Painting

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Annunciation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Religious Image Paintings
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The diptych by contemporary artist Igor Kufayev depicts the moment of immaculate conception known in Western European iconography as Annunciation. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Igor Kufayev

Subject: Annunciation

Genres (Art): Religious image

Art Form: Painting

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