Art and the Bible

Art has always been a way for people to express themselves in a deep and personal way. Weather it is painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, music, poetry, or writing, art has a way not only to touch our souls but to allow the creator to communicate through us to touch others.  I art to express myself through music and painting.  I will start with, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.

Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.

I am excited about this week.  I am going to start and hope I am not being to bold.  When we think of art and the bible, we often think about the Renaissance Artist, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello, but there were many others.  Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Durer, Caravaggio, Jan van Eyck, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Nuno Gonçalves, Federico Barocci, etc… The Garden of Earthly Delights is one of two triptychs he painted on the same subject. The closed panels depicted the creation and the inner panels depicted Heaven, Earth, and Hell.

The Garden of Earthly Delights was painted between 1490 and 1510. Bosch was 40-60 years old.  The Haywain Triptych, 1516, would have been painted just before his death in August 1516.  Compare the two, the earlier was obviously more graphic and gruesome than the latter.  Had Bosch’s image of God softened? What are your thoughts? 

Albrecht Durer

Renaissance Artist were divided by The Italians and the German artist. Albrecht Durer was a German print maker painter. His Apocalypse woodcuts are some of his most famous. I love Durer’s Portrait of the 12-year-old Christ.  It has the feel of Leonardo’s paintings.  His woodcuts are wonderful!

Contemporary Artist

There are literally millions of ways artists can depict God’s glory.  Artist have used their abilities to their biblical interpretations as the Renaissance masters did, to today using art to re-frame what the bible means to them today.  “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, he just keeps on trying other things.” – Pablo Picasso 

Bible art that excites me!

Jesus was Laughing

Smiling Jesus


My Bible Art

I have used art to interpret what the Bible means to me.

Tupac and God

When I was in high school, I was a full on creative. Painting, singing, dancing, acting and fashionably expressing myself. As I have grown into adulthood a lot of those things began to be replaced by checking all things off the list that prove you are an adult. In it all I lost myself. The one creative part of me that I have been consistently able to sustain in my expression through fashion., and creating art.

I recently painted this painting of the artist and rapper, Tupac. I know it probably doesn’t look like Tupac to you, but it is. Each little dot represents a moment in his lineage, life, music and connection with God.

Queering of Michelangelo’s David

The tattoos are art from queer artists, quotes from personal friends who identify as queer, and names of those who have died in hate crimes. This is my statement of Inclusion.  I hope all get some Joy from this.  Love Nicole.

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