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Religious Paintings

Paintings which are inspired by elements of a religion and which portray figures, texts or scenes of considered sacred by a group of people, can be classified as religious art. Religious paintings avoid representations considered blasphemous according to a religion and evoke a feeling of reverence towards them. The kinds of religious art that have existed in the world can be as many as the number of religions or faiths people, over the years, have believed in. They have manifested in art forms such as paintings, sculptures, and architecture.

Popular Kinds of Religious Paintings

The most prominent kinds of religious paintings of the world, most of which are also popular in India are paintings pertaining to the faiths of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. Christian paintings, may involve representations of scenes from the Bible. Islamic art has certain rules when it comes to portrayals and is averse to the depiction of figures, especially the Prophet's and other human forms. The Islamic paintings mostly portray sacred text in decorative Arabic calligraphy along with artistic drawings of foliage or geometric patterns.

Hinduism, with its rich mythology and the many gods and goddesses which are worshipped, provides a lot of scope for artists. The religious paintings pertaining to Hinduism may involve vivid, colourful depictions of scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharat and of deities. Paintings of the celebrated couple Radha-Krishna, of the dynamic Lord Shiva and of the adored, elephant-headed Ganesha are much loved and revered by people following the faith. Another religion whose sculptures and paintings are hugely popular across the globe is Buddhism. Irrespective of the religion they follow, many art patrons appreciate aesthetic depictions of Buddha. The Buddhist religion paintings, showing the serene countenance of the Buddha are often seen gracing homes of celebrities and elite business places too.

Impact of Religious Paintings

Artists choose to create religious paintings for the different impacts they have on different people. Here are some of the effects, a religious painting may have on the viewer:

1. Uplift: When you view a religious painting with reverence and understand its context it uplifts your mind to a higher state of spirituality. It positively affects your general mood and can also make for a calming wall art.

2. Arouse Interest: A religious painting may arouse interest of a believer of a different faith and help him understand a certain aspect about the religion depicted in the painting.

3. Teach: When interest in a particular religious painting is aroused, the viewer may try to find out about the story the painting is trying to tell. In the process he may end up learning something new about his own religion or another one.

4. Sanctify: The presence of a religious painting in a room, can create a powerful shift in the aura of the room. Especially in worship areas, putting up a religious painting is a way of sanctifying the space.

Religious paintings can hold a special place in a home décor and often make for a statement piece in a room. Since they are chosen for more than just their aesthetic appeal, they can add much character to a space and have an emotional connect with the onlookers. artOreal houses an array of beautiful religious paintings, suitable for Indian homes.