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List of Famous Religious Image Paintings

Updated August 25, 2021 27 votes 14 voters 45.9k views41 items

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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 of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. Although it is a depiction of the crucifixion, it is devoid of nails, blood, and a crown of thorns, because, according to Dalí, he was convinced by a dream that these features would mar his depiction of Christ. Also in a dream, the importance of depicting Christ in the extreme angle evident in the painting was revealed to him.  ...more
    • Artist: Salvador Dalí
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Surrealism
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    The Disputation of the Sacrament, or Disputa, is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1509 and 1510 as only the first part of Raphael's commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms that are now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. At the time, this room was known as the Stanza della Segnatura, and was the private papal library where the supreme papal tribunal met.  ...more
    • Artist: Raphael
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Fresco
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    The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the Sistine Chapel, the large papal chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV, for whom the chapel is named. It was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for papal conclaves and many important services. The ceiling's various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several leading painters of the late 15th century including Sandro  ...more
    • Artist: Michelangelo
    • Art Form: Fresco
    • Period / Movement: High Renaissance
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    Sistine Madonna, also called La Madonna di San Sisto, is an oil painting by the Italian artist Raphael. Commissioned in 1512 by Pope Julius II as an altarpiece for the church of San Sisto, Piacenza, it was one of the last Madonnas painted by the artist. Relocated to Dresden from 1754, the well-known painting has been particularly influential in Germany. After World War II, it was relocated to Moscow for a decade before it was returned to Germany. There, it resides as one of the central pieces in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. The painting has been highly praised by many notable critics, and Giorgio Vasari called it "a truly rare and extraordinary work".  ...more
    • Artist: Raphael
    • Subject: Madonna, Child Jesus, Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary, Madonna and Child
    • Art Form: Painting
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