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Why did John Newton oppose Handel's Messiah?

Newton did indeed have issues with Handel's Messiah, so much so that in 1784–85 he gave a series of 50 sermons at his own church (St. Mary Woolnoth) in response to the oratorio being played at ...
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What is the meaning of the large statue of a pine cone in Vatican City?

It is a sculpture created by Publius Cincius Salvius. It was a former Roman fountain; Fontana Della Pigna. It predates the Vatican owning the land. Mathematics Magazine The colossal bronze pine ...
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Why do some Christians object to images of Jesus?

Those who argue against images of Jesus do so primarily in two ways: (1) that any image of Christ is necessarily inadequate and false and (2) that images of Christ inspire worship and devalue the Word ...
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Do any theologians argue that in the Fall, Adam sacrificed himself out of love for Eve?

Augustine's concept of defining all sin in terms of disordered love is certainly applicable: for Augustine, rightly ordered love was virtue (City of God 15. 22) and disordered love was vice... the ...
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Why is Jesus looking on an oddly standing stone?

From the title of the picture, I feel it is safe to assume the author had this in mind: Matthew 4:1-4 1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 ...
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Why is archangel Michael portrayed with a sword in art?

Michael the Archangel is depicted in the Bible as a warrior and leader of angel armies: Daniel 12:1 (ESV) At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there ...
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How did the four living creatures become associated with the Gospel writers?

This connection was made by fathers as early as Irenaeus (d. 202). Here's a table showing the views of several fathers whose writings we have on this subject: Lion Ox ...
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Drawing of a Christian helping his own assailant

There are likely many drawings of similar content, but I suspect by far the most famous one is this drawing of Dirk Willems, which was published in the book Martyrs Mirror in 1685. It illustrates the ...
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What does the abbreviation "RNIO" mean in a painting of the Virgin and Child?

There seems to be two views on what the letters "RNIO" mean in the Carlos Crivelli painting. I only have one reference for the answer: Dr. Liliana Leopardi, an expert in Italian Renaissance art, ...
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What is the significance of position of fingers in Jesus' hand as shown in his images?

From: What does this hand gesture mean in Icons? (Wordpress.com) The fingers spell out “IC XC”, a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC). It is by ...
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What's the significance of this image for Jehovah's Witnesses?

This looks very much like a modern portrayal of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, as explained by the prophet Daniel in Daniel 2: 31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and ...
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What is the name of this painting of Mary and the infant Jesus?

It is a copy or replica of a painting by Roberto Ferruzzi called "Madonnina" (commonly known as the "Madonna of the Streets"). The original has slightly different colours, different facial features, ...
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Was Adam anatomically God's image, as Michelangelo's painting seems to indicate?

In the first place, I'm not sure what sort of "endorsement" you have in mind. There's no indication that I can find that either Pope Julius or any subsequent pope either endorsed or condemned the ...
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Was Adam anatomically God's image, as Michelangelo's painting seems to indicate?

The Catholic Church (my own Tradition) believes that being made in God's image does not have such a physical reality. This 'image' is more a reflection of His own Nature. The closest physical way we '...
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Why is Jesus looking on an oddly standing stone?

All so called Christian art is Biblically based; and is intended to induce some reflection of some event in Biblical History otherwise it would not be Christian art. Even going back to the old Masters,...
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Do any denominations use the full form of INRI?

Do any denominations use the full form of INRI? The short answer is yes. First of all, there are several denominations that have the tradition of have of displaying crucifixes in their church, such ...
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Prior to 1900 were there any depictions of Satan in Christian art as a woman/female?

Lucas Cranach the Elder (c.1472 – 16 October 1553), a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and , made the following woodcut in 1523.It depicts Satan as half serpent and half woman! ...
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Where did the religious symbol of the 'halo' come from?

The halo originated from the Pre-Islmaic Iranian faith of Zoroastrianism. They believed in the Idea of Farr, or "Divine Favor". this 'favor' was represented by a ring called the Hvrena which was given ...
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Does any one know about this painting?

Doing a reverse image search on Google, it appears to be a painting by Navya Davis, who claims portraying Mary and Jesus smiling is an innovation, and that the Bible 'doesn't say they didn't smile' (...
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Why is Christ often shown with long hair in Christian iconography?

It is true that Our lord Jesus Christ is most often portrayed as having long hair. In the New Testament, no reference is made about the outward appearance of Jesus. St. Paul himself was not a fain of ...
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Trying to find information on a crucifix found whilst metal detecting

just an update on the cross I found. The British Museum have reviewed it and come back with their findings. It is taking an age to further process due to Covid. The artefact has been declared as ...
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How are the bread and wine explained by those who forbid images of Jesus?

All that God has made, expresses himself. The creation of luminaries in the heavens expresses something about Light. And God is Light; and in him is no darkness at all. The creation of vegetation, the ...
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What is depicted on this small piece of artwork with Mary and the Apostles?

This is a (very typical) depiction of Pentecost. Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4 (DRB) Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day's ...
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What is depicted on this piece of artwork?

The picture depicts the Coronation of the Virgin or Coronation of Mary. The Coronation of the Virgin or Coronation of Mary is a subject in Christian art, especially popular in Italy in the 13th to ...
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Violence and Iconography

There are no such problem to show the violence in icons in orthodoxy. There are many icons of martyrs, which shows their suffers on. Like behading or quartering. The sample the that kind of icons are: ...
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Why does Joseph have a staff in nativity scenes?

In the Luke account, Joseph and Mary had just walked about 60 miles from Nazareth to the Jerusalem suburbs (Bethlehem is about 5 miles away.) The countryside is hilly, and there are some dangerous ...
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What was Saint Thomas Aquinas's girding by the two angels?

St. Thomas Aquinas's mother, a countess, tried to dissuade him from entering the Dominican Order because she hoped St. Thomas would become a prominent political figure. His brothers locked him up in a ...
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Questions about this icon of Saint Sophia

Here is another icon of St. Sophia and her three daughters St. Faith, St. Hope and St. Charity: Martyr Sophia and her three daughters at Rome The Holy Martyrs Saint Sophia and her Daughters Faith, ...
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