New research suggests that the West has an enormous amount of “spiritual syncretistic” art in its history, often from early Christian times to the early 20th century.
According to the study, which was conducted by the Centre for the Study of the Future at University College London and published in the journal PLOS ONE, the earliest evidence of this comes from the Middle Ages.
“There is no other culture that has a much more rich history of Christian art,” lead author and senior lecturer in the Centre’s Department of Media and Cultural Studies Dr. Joanna Bostock said.
“This is an important finding because it provides us with an insight into the religious life of the Christian community, which we are really missing out on as we try to make sense of our present-day cultural landscape.”
“In the West, Christianity was not a political movement; it was a spiritual movement, which included all those religious practices and institutions which were very important to the Christian tradition,” she continued.
“They were the very essence of Christian spirituality.
They are the very sources of the faith itself.”
The study examined 150 works of art from around the world that have survived over the centuries, and compared them to other artistic forms from around Europe.
In total, there are nearly 200 works of religious art that were commissioned by or drawn by Christian artists, but which were either lost or destroyed after their creation.
In the majority of cases, they were commissioned either by the Pope or the Catholic Church, or both.
“Christian art in the West had been influenced by the Holy Roman Empire,” said Bostocking.
“The art was often commissioned from Europe and the Holy Land, and it was also often influenced by Byzantine and Persian art, which is a very rich area in which to explore how religious traditions evolved.”
In many cases, it is not only a reflection of the world in which the artists lived but also of the cultural context.
These are all very important elements that can tell us a lot about how Christianity and the West developed, but they have not been studied before.
“Some of these influences are very clear, others are less so. “
We found that the artists were influenced by a very wide range of cultural influences, from art styles and styles of artists in the Holy Lands to other religious traditions,” said Dr. Bostocks.
“Some of these influences are very clear, others are less so.
We found a lot of Christian artists that were influenced in many different ways, but it is important to note that we found that most of them are very much part of the tradition that the church wanted to create, so it was important to examine these influences in the context of the art that they created.”
“We also found that there were some very specific religious ideas that the Christian art represented,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Sarah Goss.
“Art that is influenced by Christianity was often drawn in terms of the traditional liturgical calendar, the Catholic and Orthodox Christian church calendars, the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church and of the Orthodox Christian Church.”
“One of the main themes in the work is the theme of the resurrection, which means the resurrection of Christ and the return of all the believers.
This is a theme that is very deeply rooted in Christian art.
It is also a theme of traditional Islamic art.”
“It is important not to forget that we are talking about the arts and crafts that are created in the churches and by priests in the traditional churches, and that these are not only traditional art forms, but also some of the very important cultural expressions that are important in Christian culture.”
“Art from the church that is based on Christian themes, in this case Christian imagery, is much more influential than art from other traditions,” she said.
In addition to showing that art has a lot to say about religion, the study found that artists from different cultural backgrounds tended to be influenced by each other, and by different religious ideas.
“What is important about this study is that we were able to look at the art and artists who were involved in creating art from the early Christian era, and we were also able to see how they relate to one another,” said Professor Daniel Lutz of the Centre.
“I think this study shows that the work that was commissioned by the Church, which has been a central part of Christian culture, has been influenced in large part by the religious ideas of other Christian artists.”
This study highlights the role of art in Christian communities that are part of a larger cultural context.
It shows that Christian art has always been an important part of religious traditions and has influenced a range to be sure, but that the influence has been much