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Beautiful Religious Paintings

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Orest, the Virgin's garments are definitely black, not purple. I have had the pleasure of seeing the original painting of Virgin and Child (very similar to the La Vierge aux Lys linked to by Liza, here's a link: http://www.artchive.com/artchive/B/bouguereau/bouguereau_virgin.jpg.html ).

The other remarkable feature of this painting is that photographic reproductions of it suggest the haloes of the Virgin and Child are made of embossed gilding, yet Bouguereau simply used shades of cream and bronze, without any contouring.
 

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In that last picture, what is up with the Virgin Mary's hand positioning?  She seems to making some sort of strange gesture, and I don't know what it's supposed to mean.
 

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I've always loved his paintings. So what if he was ignored in the 20th century because he didn't jump onto the Impressionism bandwagon?

In addition to the above, this is one of my favorites:

Our Lady with baby Jesus and John the Baptist:

 

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This is his depiction of the moment after Adam and Eve just found the body of their son Abel, who was murdered by Cain.  It is the Premier Deuil, (The First Mourning), as this is the first human death recorded in the Holy Scriptures.
 

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lubeltri said:
I've always loved his paintings. So what if he was ignored in the 20th century because he didn't jump onto the Impressionism bandwagon?  Our Lady with baby Jesus and John the Baptist...
How beautiful!  What is its title?
 

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Alveus Lacuna said:
lubeltri said:
I've always loved his paintings. So what if he was ignored in the 20th century because he didn't jump onto the Impressionism bandwagon?  Our Lady with baby Jesus and John the Baptist...
How beautiful!  What is its title?
La Vierge, L'Enfant Jesus et Saint Jean Baptiste (1875)
 

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Raphael's is probably my favorite depiction of the Transfiguration:

http://en.academic.ru/pictures/enwiki/84/Transfiguration_Raphael.jpg
 

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I've always liked this one of Peter Paul Rubens:  The Crucifixion

 

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I suppose this is as good a place as any to ask about this. When I was at an Orthodox monastery in Ohio years ago I saw a painting of the grim reaper, in a study, sitting in a chair, and it had a very depressed tone to it. I thought it was mesmerizing, but I've never seen anything like it since then, in real life or on the internet. Anyone know where I can see such a painting again, without driving 200 miles to bother a bunch of monks just to see a painting in their library?
 
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