In a commodity culture we have been conditioned to believe that nothing has intrinsic value. – Skye Jethani, The Divine Commodity
I am not an artist, but I do love beautiful images. I am a Christian, but I do not especially love the bible-verse and/or cross-laden art that adorns many a protestant Christian bookstore. For me, a picture of a flower with a Bible verse at the bottom feels slapped-on and bland, commodifying faith into a $49.95 framed wall covering. To make matters even harder, this art sometimes includes a white Jesus, an American flag, or a lacy heart with bluebirds flying around the edges. It leaves me wondering what happened to the art part of Christian art…
Thankfully, there are a whole host of artists creating meaningful, global, and beautiful Christian art that causes one to pause and consider our faith in new ways. Check out these beautiful and thoughtful works of art!
Any favorites I missed here? Link to it in the comments below!
- Nativity depictions around the world.
- The People’s Bible is a great resource the incorporates lenses from many cultural perspectives. It also has a full-color gallery featuring several of the artists above.
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I’m sure you would dig Georges Rouault.
Lots more good art at http://ccca.biola.edu/advent/# and the upcoming calendar for Lent too.