Living with Christian Art for Inspiration
Christian art is wonderful for inspiring us. Cathedrals and
churches, paintings, music, performances, and sculpture have
been created for centuries. Now, in our own time, photography,
mixed media, and posters are widely available too.
All these forms of Christian art have shaped our understanding
of the great stories of the Bible. From the simple Christmas
carols we learned as children to the transcendent glory of
Handel's Messiah, Christian music uplifts us. From the
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel to Salvador Dali's Last Supper,
Christian paintings give us something to look at and
contemplate. A few minutes spent looking at a piece of art can
help center us before a time of quiet prayer.
There is something for everyone, with whatever taste in art,
with whatever favorite themes. You could spend a lifetime just
delving into pictures of Christ himself, as a child and as an
adult. Other specific themes include the garden of Eden, angels,
the crucifixion, the last supper, saints, and other Christian
The history of Western art is very largely the history of
Christian art, so anyone who loves art can benefit from time
spent with the masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Fra Angelica,
and so many other great painters and sculptors.
Since there is such an abundance of art, and since we are
fortunate to live in an era when high-quality color printing
makes books, prints, and posters affordable, we can enjoy as
much Christian art as we wish.
One way to live with your favorite Christian art is to have one
or more Christian posters in your home. If you happen to have a
place of quiet retreat, whether it's a special room or a spot in
your living room or bedroom, a Christian poster on the wall
might be just the thing.