Religion and Spirituality in Art


See also: Spiritual

World Religions in Art
Online collection of works created for religious ritual or worship from The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Getty: Religion Collections
Explore images of angels, demons, Old Testament figures, saints, and more.

Enlightenment: Religion and Ritual
An online tour from the British Museum that shows how scholars began to study other religions.

V&A: Jainism
Permanent collections of Jain art including ritual objects, images of deities, sculpture, paintings and textiles.

Icons and Iconoclasm in Byzantium
View Byzantine icons and related resources.

National Galleries of Scotland: Religious
Collection includes works by Guido Reni, Pietro Faccini, Raffaello Santi, William Blake, and many others. See also: Religion and Occultism

MFA Images: Religion and Mythology
An online tour of works from the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits
An online exhibit from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, featuring religious portraits painted by Rembrandt van Rijn in the late 1650s and the early 1660s.

Faith and Form
An interactive exhibit featuring selected calligraphy and painting from Japanese religious traditions.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
View an online collection of mostly Christian works by artists such as Michelangelo, Domenico Veneziano, Annibale Carracci, and Simone Martini, also includes religious art from a variety of different faiths.

World Treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings
Explores how various cultures explained the beginning of the world using objects from the Library’s international collections.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
An online exhibition from the Library of Congress that explores the religious convictions of the original settlers and later eighteenth century immigrants and the role that religion played in shaping early American life, more than 200 objects are displayed including paintings, prints, manuscripts, letters, music, and artifacts.

Rijksmuseum: Mythology and Religion
View objects by theme in the online collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

A National Museums Liverpool online exhibition featuring objects in the museum's collections related to faith and how it is expressed.

Glencairn Museum
Teaches the history of religion using art and artifacts from a variety of time periods and cultures, some images are available online.

Image Collections

Religious Education Image Archive
Collection of images from Brigham Young University, search by keyword or browse by topic including Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, LDS Church history, and world religions.

World Religions Photo Library
Collection of images representing the major faiths as well as minority religions, cults, festivals, plus sacred foods and objects.

Religion, Myth & Magic
A collection of images in the WorldImages database from the California State University IMAGE Project.

Artcyclopedia: Religious Artists
Links to museums and image collections where works can be viewed online.

Virtual Religion Index: Art & Archaeology
A research guide listing resources by region and period.


Books of the Word: Torah, Bible, Koran
An online exhibition from the National Library of France featuring the Torah, the Bible, the Koran, and related works.

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000
An online exhibition from the Freer Sackler Galleries featuring a rare collection of important early Hebrew and Christian bibles, also explores the parallel development of the book.

A Book of Prayers: The Medieval Bestseller
A Book of Hours, a compilation of prayers, hymns, Psalms, and religious lessons, an online exhibition from the Speed Art Museum.

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