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A Study of Religion in Art

Through the ages, artists have used Religion in their art.  The phrase "A picture is worth a thousands words" can easily be seen in art.  Here we will be studying the art of the masters such as Rembrandt and Dürer as well as others.  We will be studying religion in art with new additions regularly, so please bookmark this page and we'll explore the exciting world of art together.

Featured Artist:

Caravaggio


Archived studies

Caravaggio  ~  Dürer  ~  Goltzius Provost  Rembrandt 


Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

 

Caravaggio

Milan, Lombardy, Italy, September 29, 1571 - Porto Ercole, Tuscany, Italy, July 18, 1610

Master Realist Baroque Painter

"The Incredulity of Saint Thomas"

Oil on canvas

 

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas is an oil painting on canvas of the subject of the same name by the Italian Baroque Master Painter, Caravaggio, 1601 - 1602.  It is housed in the Sanssouci of Potsdame, Germany.

 

According to St. John's Gospel, Thomas the Apostle missed one of Jesus' appearances to the Apostles after his resurrection and said "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."  A week later Jesus appeared and told Thomas to touch Him and stop doubting.  then Jesus said, "Because you have seen me, you have believe; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

 

In the painting, Thomas' face shows surprise as Jesus holds his hand and guides it into the wound.  The absence of a halo emphasizes the corporeality of the risen Christ.  The work is in chiaroscuro, a magnificent theatrical lighting effect!

 

John 20:21 and 20:25 NIV

 

 

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