Christian Symbolism

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The Great Pyramids

Much of western art history is dominated by Christian imagery, the only accepted subject for painting and sculpture until the 16th century. Even then, it was not until the 19th century that a primarily non-religious view of art arose, with the modern period exploring modes of expression which resulted in varied subject matter. Despite its significance in the history of western art, Christian art is difficult to interpret without the proper understanding of Christian doctrines and knowledge of biblical scenes. Here, a particularly beautiful painting by Rogier van der Weyden could be seen as simple depiction of the Virgin Mary being painted by St. Luke. However, thinking about the decisions that van der Weyden made when he depicted the scene of Saint Luke Painting the Virgin can help us understand what he tried to emphasize; not only emphasize the holiness of the Virgin Mary and Christ, but through this painting situate…

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