The Role of the Bible in the Arts

The Bible, the arts, and various human assumptions have long existed together. For example, many of the Renaissance paintings devoted to the Biblical scenes often tell way more about the European nobility of those times than they do about the Bible. Despite this and other similar facts, use of the Bible themes in the works of art has contributed to the popularity and the appeal of the book.

Some of the most famous works that show biblical scenes come from the Europe during the time of Renaissance.133974-131-3A0B1352

One of the best examples of how the Bible has influenced the culture comes from the works of Michelangelo Buonarroti, who in the sixteenth century painted the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. The chapel has over 3,000 figures on its wall and ceilings that portray persons and events from the Bible. One of the most famous of those paintings is the Creation of Adam. The painting is located in the center of the Chapel’s ceiling. Many art historians agree that this work is the pinnacle of the Renaissance art. The painting shows a very human-like looking God imparting His divine spirit into Adam. In the painting, God is surrounded by other people and creatures, including the first woman, Eve, and Christ child.

The Last Supper is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that he created for a monastery in Italy. The painting is one of the most famous art pieces in the history of the world, which led to its fame transferring to a number of items that have nothing to do neither with the artist nor with the painting, such as Last Supper clocks, mouse pads and so on.

Many details of the original painting are totally historically inaccurate. The characters of the painting look like Italian nobles from the fifteenth century and not like people who could have been with Jesus 1,400 or so years before that.