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Christian Art: Postmodernism

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril.Image source: Mospat.ru You may have noticed the stark differences between a Catholic priest and an Orthodox priest. Aside from the vestments they wear, Orthodox priests sport long and thick beards. It’s as if it’s part of their tradition! From the fifth to seventh century when the Christian Church had been firmly established, beards have always been a part of the lifestyle of the Orthodox clergy.

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Christian Art: Realist Movement

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Romanticism had its day and art had to progress. This is largely due to the fascination with realistic subjects and accurate depictions of matters. This was also partly because of the social conditions during the Industrial Revolution, which triggered interest in realism, being the subject matter outside traditional art. Thus, the art movement Realism was born in France when French Realist artists went out to provinces to fully grasp what “real France” is. There, they set up in places such as Grez-sur-Long and Pont-Aven. Below are common characteristics of Realist art.

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Christian Art: Romantic Era

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The neoclassical era persisted up to this day. But that didn’t stop a new art movement from rising. During the mid to late 19th century, artists began to put emphasis on imagination and emotion. Carefree and passionate, this new movement produced some of the greatest works in history. And it spelled changes in Christian art. This movement was Romanticism. It was a reaction against the rigid intellectualism and strict structure of the older art movements.

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