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List of Famous Religious Image Paintings

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List of the most famous religious image paintings in the world, listed by user vote 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?"

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    Christ among the Doctors is an oil painting by Albrecht Dürer, dating to 1506, now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. The work dates to Dürer's sojourn in Venice, and was executed hastily while he was working at the Feast of the Rosary altarpiece. According to some sources, it could have been given to painter Giovanni Bellini. In the latter's house it was perhaps seen by Lorenzo Lotto, who used one of the figures in the painting for his Madonna with Child between Sts. Flavian and Onuphrius now in the Borghese Gallery. The subject had been already treated by Dürer in a woodcut of the Life of the Virgin series and in a panel of the Seven Sorrows Polyptych. However, in the  ...more
    • Artist: Albrecht Dürer
    • Subject: Finding in the Temple
    • Genres (Art): Religious image
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Renaissance
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    "Pietà" (1637) is a painting by Spanish artist José Ribera.  ...more
    • Artist: Jusepe de Ribera
    • Genres (Art): Religious image, History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Baroque
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    Scenes from the Passion of Christ

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    Scenes from the Passion of Christ is an oil painting by Hans Memling created circa 1470. The painting is currently in the Galleria Sabauda in Turin.

    • Artist: Hans Memling
    • Subject: Passion
    • Genres (Art): History painting, Religious image
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Christ Crucified is a 1632 painting by Diego Velázquez depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus. The work, painted in oil on canvas, measures 249 × 170 cm and is owned by the Museo del Prado. During his stay in Rome, Velázquez made various nude studies he used in later paintings, such as Apollo at the Forge of Vulcan and Joseph's Tunic. Art critics assert that the nude study for this painting is exceptional and masterly in its fusion of serenity, dignity and nobility. It is a life-size frontal nude, without the support of a narrative scene.  ...more
    • Artist: Diego Velázquez
    • Art Form: Painting
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