Christian art

Christian art is sacred art which uses themes and imagery from Christianity. Most Christian groups use or have used art to some extent, including early Christian art and architecture and Christian media.

A mosaic from Daphni Monastery in Greece (ca. 1100), showing the midwives bathing the new-born Christ.

Images of Jesus and narrative scenes from the Life of Christ are the most common subjects, and scenes from the Old Testament play a part in the art of most denominations. Images of the Virgin Mary and saints are much rarer in Protestant art than that of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.

Christianity makes far wider use of images than related religions, in which figurative representations are forbidden, such as Islam and Judaism. However, there are some that have promoted aniconism in Christianity, and there have been periods of iconoclasm within Christianity, though this is not an common interpretation of Christian theology.[1]