• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Art is the best way of expressing religious ideas

Extracts from this document...


Art is the best way of expressing religious ideas. Religious ideas such as morality, time, faith and love are difficult to understand, so are portrayed through abstract mediums including art, literature and music. I believe art (painting) is the best way of expressing religious ideas, for two main reasons. First, art's medium is superior for conveying religious concepts to other media. Art harnesses our inbuilt sense of sight. Although other media use similar senses, they require more interpretation: a baby can identify a portrait's images, but cannot read words in a book: art is more accessible. This is useful for religious paintings because most were painted when the majority were uneducated. Art was easy and simple for them to understand, and taught them major religious ideas without their reading religious texts. ...read more.


The techniques employed by artists to display religious ideas are just as important. Colour and religious iconography are utilised to displayed religious concepts. Colour is effective because it is easily distinguishable and there is a universal colour scheme. There are eight main colours, making it an easy system to learn: white signifies purity, innocence and holiness; black suggests death and mourning; grey indicates humility; blue implies importance; green represents life; gold suggests value; red indicates love, anger and passion and purple symbolizes power. Some colours are also used with religious figures, such as blue for the Virgin Mary. Art also promotes religious standing through appearance, in three key areas: colour (see above), clothing and height. Garments are used to indicate someone's religious status. Colour is used, and the style of garment is also important. ...read more.


On the other hand, I appreciate why for some people, art may not be optimal for expressing religious ideas. First, although a universal icon and colour scheme may be useful for some people, it is difficult to interpret without prior knowledge of the scheme. I also accept that for some, art is simply boring, and they would much rather learn about religion through another medium. Despite this, I still think art is an excellent method of expressing religious ideas, because it is an easy-to-view medium and uses a universal icon set that is easy to understand. Regardless of whether one agrees, I still believe one must accept art can teach us all, directly or indirectly, more about religious ideas, as it has taught me throughout this coursework. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Art section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Art essays

  1. Why is Chartres cathedral of such outstanding importance in the study of Gothic art ...

    Verticality was a key aspect of Gothic architecture. In the exterior of Chartres and other Gothic structures this was expressed through a use of pointed 'Gothic' arches. Gothic openings such as doorways, windows, arcades and galleries all have pointed arches. Visually the pointed arch "suggests an aspiration to Heaven"14; however it also gives a superior flexibility to structural form15.

  2. The Scream: A Description and Interpretation.

    Life may not be constrained by strict rules, but it is pressured by unwritten expectations. And, in spite of medical advances many people do still die young, less from plagues and disease but now from cancer due to pollution and chemicals in food, water and air.

  1. Evaluation - Caravaggio

    They sit by a table covered in food (possibly one of his last dinners before his death). On the table, there is a fruit ball with a strange shadow, which resembles a fish (a sign of Christianity). Texture The texture of the piece is very smooth, the artist has done his very best to hide brushstrokes.

  2. Gender Issues in Art

    In many of her exhibitions, Emin incorporates a few neon pieces, which are neon signs in the form of wording. These often explore themes of sexuality, for example 'Is Anal Sex Legal' and 'Is Legal Sex Anal' (1998). 'You Forgot to Kiss My Soul' (2001)

  1. Free essay

    History Coursework Pickering Castle

    One of the main reasons for Lapper showing the constable's lodgings in this period could have been that he was unsure exactly when the lodgings had been built. This was because they were not recorded in the Duchy accounts until the 15th century.

  2. The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

    to the left of each paragraph refer to the original Manuscript and number of the page, on which that particular passage is to be found. Thus the reader, by referring to the List of Manuscripts at the beginning of Volume I, and to the Bibliography at the end of Volume

  1. Some writers have argued that each discipline has 'essential characteristics'. To what extent do ...

    is new, terrifying, and seemingly ridiculous in contempory art.'8 .The idea of modern technology and advances in it were portrayed through many of the works from this movement. It conveyed dynamism and movement. Futurists thought of war as a positive influence and believed that the glorification of war would cleanse Italy 'we will glorify war'.

  2. Discuss the ideas about the responsibilities of the individual that these three examples might ...

    It is a large oil on canvas measuring 3.25mts x 4.22mts in the Neo-Classical style and was painted for an exhibition at the Salon in Paris. This painting falls into the genre of history paintings, its theme is of a moralizing nature.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work