Sacred Art

Religious motifs have a long tradition in sculpture. Sacred art, with its depiction of deities and saints, can be found in many world religions, such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Christian sculptures often centre around biblical figures like God, Jesus, or the Virgin Mary.

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Sacral Art

Sacred Art: Religious Motifs - Artfully Crafted

The visual arts and religions have been closely linked for centuries. Artists from nearly all major faiths create sacred art in the form of paintings, sculptures, and buildings. Religions, particularly Christian churches in Europe, had contributed significantly to the advancement of visual arts, as they were among the major patrons of artworks and architecture alongside the nobility until the 19th century. Objects with religious symbolism designed by artists can be found in many different areas. In addition to buildings such as churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues, these also include objects used for liturgy or religious ceremonies, such as altars, chalices, or baptismal fonts. Among the most important motifs of sacred sculpture are icons and portraits of gods and saints, such as Christian figures. Many works of sacred art are highly intricate, but their purpose goes beyond decorative aesthetics. On the one hand, the gods and saints are to be honoured. On the other hand, the faithful are to be reminded of their everlasting presence. Here, at ars mundi, you can buy sacred art and Christian figurines. The selection ranges from museum replicas of traditional Christian icons to hand-carved nativity scenes and contemporary interpretations of Christian figures.

Deities and Saints: Pictorial Themes of Sacred Art

The major world religions deal with images of deities and saints in very different ways. In Islam and Judaism, depictions of deities are not permitted, but in Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, they are very widespread. The themes of many Christian sculptures are taken from the Bible. Christian figures often depict Jesus as well as his crucifixion and resurrection, the Virgin Mary or Madonna. In addition to the depictions of biblical figures, Christian culture knows many other important symbols, for example, angels, crosses, doves, or fish. In Buddhism, Buddha is the central image theme of sacred art. In Hinduism, images of deities are also important components of religious culture, for example, Ganesha or Shiva.

Buy Sacred Art and Christian Figurines at ars mundi

In this section, you can buy sacred art featuring many different religious motifs. Famous and popular Christian figurines are, for example, the Madonna of Lourdes, the "Pietà" by Michelangelo Buonarroti, the mural relief "Creation of Eve" by Lorenzo Ghiberti or the "Evangelist John" by Tilman Riemenschneider. You can buy these and many other Christian sculptures as high-quality museum replicas at ars mundi. Nativity scenes are undoubtedly among the best-selling Christian figures. The sculpture has found countless interpretations for them in a wide variety of materials. Especially popular and rich in tradition are Christmas nativity scenes made of wood. Hand-carved and painted by the artist, each figure is a unique piece. You can also buy wooden nativity scenes at ars mundi.