What constitutes religious art? It seems sacrilegious art is much easier to recognize on sight. Simcha Fisher writes:
Some of it [religious art] is stark, some gentle, some lovely, some weird, and some of it just plain hideous, but it all has one thing in common: it at least tries to direct people toward God. (And of course secular art, just like someone who isn’t even religious, is also capable of leading people to God, often unintentionally.) You’ll notice that this is a very broad goal. There are as least as many paths to God as there are human beings, and what works for one person might seem like pure crap to another. But all religious art that strives for that title has the goal of leading people toward God.
Fisher then deconstructs the above painting by artist Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s “The Adoration of the Magi”:
Stinging indictment of us modern wise guys. Detachment, not adoration at the face of God. Read the whole piece here.