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Top 16 Paintings Inspired by the Bible

 The stories of the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments are some of the most evocative in literature and are at the very heart of western culture. It is, therefore, no surprise that so many great artists decided to turn to the Bible for inspiration. Here are some of the greatest paintings inspired by the Bible.

1. Saul and David, by Rembrandt van Rijn

Biblical art: Saul and David
Rather than dress them in European garb, as was common then, Rembrandt imagined the Biblical king as an Ottoman sultan.

2. The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci

Biblical art: last supper
Sadly, the legendary fresco has fallen into disrepair with the years. It is noteworthy for portraying the shocked reaction of the disciples to Jesus’ proclamation of the coming betrayal.

3. The Judgment of Solomon, Nicolas Poussin

Biblical art: Judgment of Solomon

4. Judith Beheading Holofernes, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Biblical art: Judith and Holofernes

5. The Tower of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Biblical art: tower of Babel

6. The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, Gustave Dore

Biblical art: The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, Gustave Dore
Dore is one of the most famous Biblical illustrators, having created hundreds of engravings of Biblical stories.

7. The Battle of Jericho, Johann Heinrich Schönfeld

Biblical art: Battle of Jericho

8. The Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Biblical art: adoration of the magi

9. Moses on Mount Sinai, Jean-Léon Gérôme

Biblical art: Moses on Mount Sinai

10. Sacrifice of Isaac, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Biblical art: sacrifice of Isaac

11. Ruth in the Field of Boaz, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

Biblical art: Ruth and Boaz

12. Creation of Adam, Michelangelo

Biblical art: creation of Adam
The famous ceiling Fresco in the Sistine Chapel is one of the world’s most well-known masterpieces.

13. Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, Alexandre Louis Leloir

Biblical art: Jacon and the Angel

14. The Adoration of the Golden Calf, Nicolas Poussin

Biblical art: golden calf

15. The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, Francesco Hayez

Biblical art: destruction of the temple

16. Death of the Pharaoh's Firstborn Son, Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Biblical art: death of Pharaoh's firstborn son
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