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Paintings from the bible is a collection of our favorite depictions from the bible in one easy to use list. We’re two brothers who were looking for paintings that contain as much of bible history as possible, and this was hard to do. After many hours of hard work we’ve put together a comprehensive list containing of all of our favorites.
The old masters were deeply religious, which is why biblical themes are a popular sub-genre of art history. In this list we look at 5 paintings from the bible in their original form and compare them to how they were adapted for modern marketing purposes.
Paintings from the bible
- The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Elizabeth
- The Annunciation
- Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth (The Meeting)
- Nativity at Night (The Adoration of the Shepherds)
- The Presentation in the Temple (of Christ)
The Old Testament of the Bible is full of beautiful images and stories. Many of these are found in the book of Genesis, which tells the story of how God created humanity and how they lived on earth until they were cast out by God.
The New Testament of the Bible is also full of beautiful images and stories, including many paintings that show Jesus Christ performing miracles or teaching his followers about God and their duty as Christians.
In many cases, these paintings were done by artists who lived during ancient times, before photography was invented, so we don’t have any photos of what these people looked like or exactly how they lived back then. However, we do have some great examples of paintings from biblical times that depict scenes from both Old Testament stories (like Adam & Eve) as well as New Testament ones (like Jesus’s birth).
Paintings from the bible
Jacob’s Ladder by William Blake
The painting was commissioned by Blake’s patron, Thomas Butts and it was completed in 1801. The work depicts a ladder between heaven and earth, an allusion to the biblical story of Jacob’s dream.
As you can see from this image, “Jacob’s Ladder” is not just another piece of artwork; it’s actually quite large! It measures over 16 feet long and around 6 feet high. The painting itself is an oil on canvas but the frame is made out of pine wood. That might sound somewhat unusual but it makes sense: William Blake himself was a skilled cabinet maker as well as an artist so he would have been able to make his own frames if he wanted to (or needed).
It is currently held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC where visitors can come and see it for themselves!
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
The Creation of Adam is a fresco painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. It was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, alongside other scenes from the Book of Genesis. The Sistine Chapel is an official chapel to the Pope. Fresco paintings are made using a mixture of water and pigments, which becomes part of the plaster that covers walls or ceilings during drying.
The Annunciation by Leonardo Da Vinci
The Annunciation is an oil painting by Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, which is housed in the Louvre, France. The work was likely to have been painted between 1472 and 1475. It depicts the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary to inform her that she will give birth to a son who would be the Messiah.
The painting is based on an earlier design for a fresco at Milan Cathedral (which was never executed). Both compositions depict the scene as related in Luke 1:26-38. In both versions, Mary’s blue robe symbolizes her virginity; her red cloak represents her humanity; and her blond hair represents purity and virtue. The red of Gabriel’s garment signifies his heavenly nature; its gold trim indicates royal status as well as alludes to strength and power.
Baptism of the Lord by Aert de Gelder
Baptism of the Lord is a painting by the Dutch artist Aert de Gelder. The work portrays Jesus Christ’s baptism, an event mentioned in all four canonical gospels. De Gelder’s depiction of the scene helps to illustrate how painters from the Dutch Golden Age interpreted this particular moment in Christian history.
The painting depicts John the Baptist as he baptizes Jesus Christ while water pours out from a shell on top of him and into a small pool below him; this represents his baptism by immersion, which is consistent with contemporary Protestant beliefs about baptism (as well as popular folklore). De Gelder further depicts two other figures standing at right angles: one man holding up another man’s arm with his hand around his wrist; another man looking down at them while resting on his knees beside them both; behind these figures’ backs are two trees covered with leaves sprouting outwards towards each other creating what appears to be an archway above them—and thus possibly framing not only their bodies but also their heads within its shape—and beyond that there are other trees whose branches extend out towards each other so much so that they almost touch one another forming yet another archway overtop these men’s heads as well
The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
The Last Supper is a famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, which depicts Jesus Christ and 12 of his apostles eating together in a room that resembles an ancient Roman dining hall. The table is laid out in the shape of the cross and Jesus himself is seated at its center, facing east (the direction Christians face when they pray). All 13 people present are male and appear to belong to different nationalities: while Judas Iscariot looks Jewish, wearing glasses; Bartholomew has darker skin; Phillip has a darker beard than Andrew; etc.
The Temptation of St. Anthony by Salvador Dalí
The Temptation of St. Anthony
Salvador Dalí painted The Temptation of St. Anthony in 1946, inspired by the book of the same name by Gustave Flaubert. It is one of a series that includes The Crucifixion (1946) and Ecce Ancilla Domini! (Behold the handmaid of the Lord). All three paintings were made in oil on canvas and feature similar themes including religious symbolism and surrealist imagery. They have been exhibited together at Sotheby’s in London since 2007 and are currently valued at $6-8 million each.
The Flagellation of Christ by Caravaggio
The Flagellation of Christ
Caravaggio, a 17th-century Flemish painter known for his dramatic use of light and shadow, created this work. It depicts Jesus being beaten with a whip on His way to his crucifixion. The scene is set in the daylight but feels like twilight due to its softness and quietness. In addition to depicting this moment from the Bible, Caravaggio’s painting explores themes such as suffering and redemption that connect strongly with contemporary audiences who have experienced similar situations themselves or know someone who has gone through them.
Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple by El Greco
El Greco was not a Christian and his paintings have been described as “theatrical” or even “crazy.” The painting depicts Jesus Christ driving out all the money changers from the Temple in Jerusalem. However, according to John 2:13-16 of The Bible, it was not Jesus who did this but His disciple, John the Baptist. Furthermore, El Greco has depicted all of the money changers as Jewish which is historically inaccurate because they were actually Greek and Roman. In addition to this inaccuracy, Herod had given permission for them to operate within his domain so it wouldn’t make sense for him to evict them from his kingdom!
In spite of these historical inaccuracies and differences between what actually happened versus what we see in this painting by El Greco I will admit that there are some beautiful moments created by these artistic decisions such as how he chose to depict Mary Magdalene with long hair (instead of short like most paintings show her), or how he depicted her face under an umbrella while she’s sitting on top of one instead of underneath it like most artists do…these are small details but they add up over time and make us appreciate each individual work more deeply than if we couldn’t see them individually!
The Crucifixion in the Sistine Chapel by Enrico di Tediocco
The Crucifixion in the Sistine Chapel by Enrico di Tediocco
The subject of this painting, a crucifixion scene, is one that has been depicted countless times throughout history. In the case of this particular work, however, it was painted in response to a commission by Pope Pius IV who ordered an altarpiece featuring Jesus’ crucifixion to be created for his private chapel at St Peter’s Basilica.
Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst
This 1622 painting is a typical Renaissance-era depiction of the nativity, with shepherds in the foreground and Mary and Joseph in the background. It was painted for a chapel in the Vatican, where it hung until Napoleon’s troops sacked its collections during their invasion of Italy. The painting was then moved to Paris, where it now hangs in the Louvre museum.
In this image, van Honthorst has depicted an angel as he enters through a window to tell Mary that she will soon bear Jesus (as pictured on his back). Joseph holds up his lantern to light his way as he moves toward them; this detail reflects how parents might traditionally guide children by holding up their hands when they needed help finding their way at night.
Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654)
Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654) is a painting by Rembrandt that depicts the scene in 2 Samuel 11. King David, while spying on Bathsheba as she takes a bath, falls in love with her. When he asks her to sleep with him, she refuses because she is married to Uriah; however, when Uriah returns from battle and finds out about this affair, he sends a letter back to David stating that he cannot come home because he has been wounded in battle and needs time to recover. The king then sends Uriah home again but instructs Joab (the commander of Israel’s armies) not to let him fight against Ammonites until after they have finished their job there and returned home safely. When Uriah comes back from fighting against Ammonites but still has not slept with his wife due to his injury being too severe for sexual intercourse yet healing slowly over time now months old since coming back from war–he finds himself under arrest by Joab who orders him killed so that no one will know what really happened between them during those hours on night when both were supposed be sleeping separately but instead spent an entire night together naked making love between two sets sheets made out cotton fabric imported directly from China!
There are many paintings about the bible.
- Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper: This painting depicts the last meal shared by Jesus and his apostles.
- Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling: This is a fresco of scenes from the Old Testament painted on the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City in Rome, Italy.
- Rembrandt van Rijn’s Belshazzar’s Feast: This is a Biblical story about King Belshazzar who threw a feast for his nobles while Babylon was under siege by Cyrus, king of Persia.