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Whether you are looking for an original religious painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 8,661 original religious paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Religious paintings have been made by human for millennia for spiritual inspiration, as a means of worship, or as simple reminders of the sacred traditions to which they belong. If you’re a fan of artwork inspired by sacred texts and themes, we invite you to explore Saatchi Art’s international selection of religious paintings for sale today!

Some of the most renowned religious paintings include the exquisite Buddhist paintings in India’s Ajanta Caves which may date as far back as the 2nd century BCE; Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Vatican, the most well-known of which being the Creation of Adam (1511-12); and the non-representational religious paintings within Islamic Art featuring intricate symmetrical designs and beautiful calligraphy.
Other famous religious paintings include“Maesta” (1280-85) by Cimabue, an artist renowned for being one of the first to break from the two-dimensional Byzantine style; “Lamentation (the Mourning of Christ)” (1305) by Giotto; Fra Angelico’s “Annunciation” (1437-46); “Adoration of the Magi” (1481) and “The Last Supper” (1495-98) by Leonardo da Vinci.

Throughout history, the most commonly-produced forms of sacred art have been religious paintings. Some scholars even believe that Paleolithic cave paintings created over 30,000 years ago may have been religious in nature.
Several ancient civilizations in the mid and far east that practiced some form of ancestor worship employed artists to produce religious paintings to venerate their deceased antecedents. These ancestor spirits were believed to possess god-like powers to help or harm their descendents. 2000-year old cave paintings of Hindu deities still grace the walls of the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, India, while the art of Buddhist painting proliferated in China between 317-1279 CE.
As Islamic doctrine bans the creation of figurative artwork within a religious context, both early and contemporary Islamic religious paintings feature abstract designs of symbolic religious significance and calligraphy of Quranic verses.
The oldest-known Christian paintings date to 70 CE (a time when Christian artwork was relatively rare) and were found in the ruins of Megiddo in Northern Israel. Eventually, the 4th century conversion of Roman Emperor Constantine I to Christianity would cause Christian themes to dominate western painting for the next millennia.

Religious painting traditions and techniques vary according to faith, geographical location, culture, and historical period. For example, the ages-old South Indian classical painting style is used for ‘Tanjore’ panel paintings which typically serve as devotional icons for Hindu rituals. These wooden panel paintings are characterized by the use of bold, saturated colors, gold leaf, semi-precious gem/bead inlays, and gesso.
Christian iconography panel paintings of the Byzantine tradition were created using the encaustic painting technique (i.e. pigment with a wax binder). Artists were required to paint high-fidelity reproductions of church-sanctioned prototype images of divinities, leaving very little room for creative license.
Today, although religious paintings are still used in religious ceremonies and rituals, many contemporary painters choose to incorporate various religious elements into works both figurative and abstract, for purely aesthetic or non-ritualized inspirational purposes. For example, a religious painting of Jesus may serve as a decorative reminder of Judeo-Christian values rather than as an icon used in ceremonial worship. Furthermore, artists may create works depicting religious symbols, deities, scenes from sacred texts, etc. to communicate messages both religious and non.

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Xin butchering an animal, Paintings image
Paintings, 35.4 W x 27.6 H x 0.8 in
$1,685
Prints from $70
Landscape, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 47.2 H x 0 in
$4,375
The Pop(e), Paintings image
Paintings, 55.1 W x 55.1 H x 2.4 in
Riding On Her Father's Bike In Crystal Lake, Paintings image
$150
Box 18 & 19 (Diptych), Paintings image
Paintings, 60 W x 48 H x 1 in
$870
Prints from $40
Print 1, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 24 H x 0 in
$410
Prints from $40
This, too, shall pass., Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 24 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$2,710
Prints from $45
Dahomey Zepaul, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 2 in
$5,950
Prints from $170
Synthia's Make-Up In Cafe, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 18 H x 0 in
$305
Prints from $125
A religious experience, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.2 W x 98.4 H x 2.4 in
Alas. St. Michael, guardant, Paintings image
Paintings, 22 W x 30 H x 1 in
United States
$880
Prints from $95
L'Angelus, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 47.2 H x 0.8 in
$3,410
Prints from $66
Still Happy - Tiger, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 14.2 H x 0.8 in
Suicide / Leftovers no. 52ACTG18, Paintings image
Paintings, 40.2 W x 28.3 H x 1.2 in
Croatia
$6,750
Raskolnikov, Paintings image
Paintings, 10 W x 9.3 H x 0 in
$125
Fall Crisp Air, Paintings image
Paintings, 9 W x 12 H x 0 in
$150
"There's So Many Things That Have To Happen For Two People To Meet...", Paintings image
$225
Prints from $40
Fox, Paintings image
Paintings, 14 W x 17 H x 0 in
$225
Prints from $74
Psalm 95, Paintings image
Paintings, 14 W x 14 H x 0.1 in
$170
Prints from $40
Hero At Halloween Party At Cafe 1, Paintings image
Paintings, 17 W x 14 H x 0 in
$225
Prints from $40
Les Loa, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 2 in
$5,950
Prints from $59
Crucifix 1, Paintings image
Paintings, 8 W x 10 H x 1.7 in
United Kingdom
$485
Prints from $40
CHURCH, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 33.9 H x 0 in
$1,200
I ask myself, where is important thing for me? - In your hard - was an answer, Paintings image
$5,350
Prints from $99
After Gentileschi, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.9 W x 25.6 H x 0.6 in
$1,650
Prints from $80
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