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Christian Art has been described as; ‘Art produced in an attempt to illustrate, supplement and portray, in tangible form, the principles of Christianity’. But what does it mean to you? What has inspired, focused, motivated or encouraged your faith?
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  • Artist Spot: Duccio di Buoninsegna

    Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255-1260 - c. 1318-1319) was one of the most influential Italian artists of his time. Born in Siena, Tuscany, he worked mostly with pigment and egg tempera and like most of his contemporaries he painted religious subject matters.


    Christ Mocked 1308-11


    Crucifixion 1308-11

  • Thank you, Phillip and Lien. God is so good! May God bless you both.

  • God bless you Anita - an excellent poetic expression of God's artistic glory!

  • Father God has given us creativity (art) to make Him, The Creator, known to others.

    I would like to share a poem:

    Song of Creation

    In the beginning was the Word

    and the Word was with God

    and the Word was God.

    His Word arose as a faint melody in the night,

    but it had the power to create heaven's light.

    The music grew louder, the melody strong.

    God created all things with a beautiful song:

    The land and the sea, plants,creatures and sky,

    but the song that made man was a sweet lullaby.

    As all was created the song grew louder still,

    for every inch of the universe to fill.

    Into a great symphony grew His Word

    and echos back in the song of each bird.

    Alls held together by His thunderous tune

    the earth He created, stars,sun and moon.

    His creation love song can be felt in each heart,

    and we're singing it back to Him

    as we worship our God.

             Anita Brenner

  • I'm going to throw out a question just to see all of your responses;

    ‘Does Religious Art have any Relevance in Today's Society?’

    I look forward to the results!

    PS Happy New Year

  • We live in exciting and dangerous times. The world is getting more evil. I do not have television but listen to radio news. It may be and probably is the end of this age of Grace. So there will be no revival except of the powers of darkness.

    But then what an opportunity for artists. By artists I mean, visual art, poetry, drama, music and literature. We writers paint pictures with words do you not think?  

    We understand the things of God by reading, studying and meditating on the Bible. However in our art we present a Christian world view. Schaffer has argued this much better than I can but I do believe we have a message, a Biblical message for these end times.

    That message is the Truth. The truth about the world, the truth about God and the truth about the human condition. That last is where we are most effective. When we try to be overtly religious I think we tend to 'lose the plot'. After all it is our personal and social lives which make us the "salt of the earth". I do fear that a lot of that salt is being rendered ineffective by our taking onboard Nietzschean Post Modernism.  Creating its own values the world is heading blindly for disaster and for dictatorship. We can tell the truth about this in our art. That is who we ought to  do. Ezekiel tells we are watchmen on the city wall. Danger is coming and w have to sound the trumpet. See chapters three and thirty-three.

    William Blake, Lowry and Jack Vetriano have done this most effectively though I do not know whether the latter two were true Christians. Blake may have been but some of you will vociferously deny that the other two were, no doubt..

    I try to do that in what I write, I have stories, Biography, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Biblical exposition and Short stories.

    God bless and I thikk this group is very exciting and stimulating. 

  • art is a way through whicth we can worship god and haveinspirational ideas that can help us with praying and understanding the things of God

  • Artist Accuses Pentagon of Censoring Religious Artwork


    A print of Christian artist Ron DiCianni's "Blessed Are the Peacemakers" artwork has been removed from a military base due to a complaint regarding its religious content.

    DiCianni's Tapestry Productions recently became aware of the decision made by officials at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Elmore, Idaho, responding to a complaint about the art, company officials said. It was part of a collection to honour the heroes who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    The Pentagon reportedly authorized the removal of the print, which features a modern-day policeman standing in front of a medieval knight. The flag held in the hand of the knight morphs from a medieval coat of arms into the flag of the United States. The word "Integrity" is stencilled over the image, and the verse referenced is Matt. 5:9, which say, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be named sons of God."

    Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, called the Pentagon after receiving the complaint reportedly from a non-commissioned officer at the base.
    Within an hour, the artwork was removed.

    A print of Ron DiCianni's 'Blessed Are the Peacemakers' artwork has been removed from a military base due to a complaint regarding its religious content.
    "We are deeply saddened as we receive more information about this incident to see the apparent hostility of Pentagon leadership to a message that is clearly in keeping with the foundation of this country, the Air Force and whose communication is clearly protected by the First Amendment," said Tapestry Productions President Grant DiCianni, the artist's son.
    "It is our belief that this message is one that the modern-day military should be proud to embody—the idea of integrity in the service of peace," he added. "Every war fought has been to pave the path back to peace. The military is an embodiment of the ultimate peacemaker, a pursuit blessed in Scripture. It would seem this is a message that the Air Force should be willing to foster, not censor."

    Grant DiCianni noted that Tapestry Productions has not yet been contacted by Pentagon or Mountain Home Air Force Base officials in regard to the issue despite repeated requests.

    Ron DiCianni has won several Gold Medallions from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for his book covers—which include the original designs for Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness (both Crossway). DiCianni's work has appeared on a wide range of prints and accessories, from Bible covers and bookmarks to mugs and models, as well as on scores of books.

  • Cartmoor Crucifixion

    From smashing icons to groundbreaking works, Christians have had very different relationships with art. Nigel Halliday explains what he sees in it

    For centuries Reformed Christians have had an uneasy relationship with the arts. For some they stood for popery, and were best destroyed. Something like 95 per cent of all English painting and sculpture was destroyed under Henry VIII and Cromwell. Later generations were suspicious of the arts either because they appealed to the senses, or they apparently served no practical purpose. Only images and music that directly served evangelism and church services were encouraged.

    Happily, this situation changed a lot over the past 50 years. Christians have begun to understand that the arts are a key way to understand the values and beliefs of our culture. And Christians have themselves begun to get involved in making art that asks questions and presents insights from a Christian perspective.

    Creativity is part of our humanity: we are made in the image of the Creator God, and all over the world every human culture is distinguished by its creative expressions in what we call the “applied arts”, such as pottery, metalwork, interior decoration.

    However, our tradition of the fine arts is not universal. Its seems to be specifically a product of a Christian culture in the West. Its roots can be traced back to the icon-makers of the Middle Ages, and we still use words like “iconology” and “iconographical” to talk about painting and sculpture.

    This is an extract from the April 2013 issue of Reform.

  • Maundy Thursday


    Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Christians remember it as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.

    The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.

    The word maundy comes from the command (mandate) given by Christ at the Last Supper, that we should love one another.

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