87% of people can't identify all these historic religious paintings! Can you?

By: Valerie
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Unlike a song, a painting concentrates your attention on a few particular points: a face, an earring, a ray of light. Even the smallest detail can capture a painting’s overall flavor. That patch of sky may not be familiar, but something about it still screams Starry Night. Can you identify each of these religious paintings?

Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese is a religious painting that depicts the Bible story of the Marriage at Cana. During the banquet, Jesus converts water to wine. Surprisingly, this masterpiece has perhaps the worse location in the Louvre.

The School of Athens was painted by Raphael as a part of his commission to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. This masterpiece is considered to be one of his best works and the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the Renaissance.

Leonardo had no surname. He is called “da Vinci,” meaning “of Vinci.” The Last Supper depicts Jesus, who has just declared that one of the twelve apostles will betray him and the reaction of each to the news. The apostles are arranged in four groups of three, with Jesus in the center as the focal point, with his body in the form of a triangle, symbolic of the Trinity.

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. This scene is located next to the Creation of Eve.

Bernardino Luini was a close follower of Leonardo da Vinci and loved to repeat his favorite themes and style. Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist, with its contours blurred by delicate shadows, is one of his famous works most indebted to Leonardo.

San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini is considered to be one the most important example of a sacra conversazione (holy conversation) scene in Italian Renaissance painting. It's located in the church of San Zaccaria.

Pesaro Madonna by Titian features Mary with baby Jesus in a scene with dramatic columns and archways. The two are surrounded by religious figures, including St. Francis. This piece is located in the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, Italy.

The Last Judgment is a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch that currently resides at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. The left wing tells the story of Adam and Eve, the center panel shows the Last Judgment, a popular medieval subject, and on the right side depicts Hell, the destination of the doomed.

The Tower of Babel is the subject of three oil paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The first one was painted in Rome and is now lost, but the two surviving paintings depict the construction of the Tower of Babel, which according to the Bible was a tower built by a unified, monolingual humanity as a mark of their numerous achievements.

The Elevation of the Cross altarpiece is a masterpiece of Baroque painting by the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. This work was originally installed on the high altar of the Church of St. Walburga in Antwerp that was since destroyed.

Abraham Bloemaert painted spectacular altarpieces in the style reminiscent of sixteenth-century Italian painting. He painted Adoration of the Magi, one of his largest altarpieces, for the church of the Catholic order of the Jesuits in Brussels in the southern Netherlands.

The death and resurrection of Jesus is the central focus of Christianity. The Resurrection by Bartholomeus Breenbergh was painted in 1635.

Dürer was the leading representative of German Renaissance art. In this painting, Christ among the Doctors, Dürer skilfully blends the two Renaissance worlds of Northern Europe and Italy.

Christ Blessing is a painting by the Italian Renaissance artist, Raphael. In this painting, the features of Christ bear some resemblance to Raphael's.

Coronation of the Virgin by Diego Velazquez is a rare religious work by an artist better known for his portraits. Its composition is based on an inverted triangle. Everything in this painting is well-balanced and in harmony.

Juan de Flandes was an Early Netherlandish painter whose actual name is unknown. Crucifixion by Juan de Flandes is now in Prado's Museum in Madrid, but originally it was the main altarpiece made for the Cathedral of Palencia (Community of Castile and León, Spain) where the painter died finishing his work.

La Belle Jardinière by Raphael is also known as Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist. This painting resembles the Madonna of the Meadow that is now located in Vienna.

Scenes from the Passion of Christ was commissioned by Tommaso Portinari, an Italian banker who is depicted in a donor portrait kneeling and praying in the lower left corner with his wife. The artist, Hans Memling, was a German painter who moved to Flanders.

Lamentation for Christ by Albrecht Durer was dedicated by Albrecht Glimm, the goldsmith, to his deceased first wife, Margareth Holzhausen. This monumental painting depicts the lamentation scene and is composed of nine figures under the cross.

Madonna in Glory altarpiece is a very important landmark in art history. It was painted by Giotto for the Florentine Church of Ognissanti.

Panciatichi Holy Family by Agnolo di Cosimo was commissioned from Bronzino by Bartolomeo Panciatichi, whose coat of arms dominates the fort in the background. The work portrays the meeting of the Holy Family with John the Baptist, and it was inspired by the sculptural forms of Michelangelo's paintings.

Jusepa de Ribera painted the subject of the Pietá on numerous occasions and with many different variations during his life. The work is part of a transition period in his life in which the artist, without leaving the shadows of tenebrism, began to experiment with new colors and forms.

This painting portrays San Sebastian. It is one of the key works of El Greco's first years in Spain and portraits a victim of the persecution of Christians under Diocletian in the early fourth century who was twice martyred.

St. Luke Painting the Icon of the Virgin by El Greco is a devotional subject in art, showing Luke the Evangelist, Virgin Mary, and the Child Jesus. Versions of this subject were often painted as the masterpiece that many guilds required an artist to submit before receiving the title of master.

Now in the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Ohio, St. Sebastian by Hendrick ter Brugghen depicts Saint Sebastian being saved by Irene of Rome and her maid. Most likely, this piece was intended for a charitable institution where the sick were cared for.

The Virgin Enthroned with Angels is one of Cimabue's early works, painted in about 1280. It had the original frame with twenty-six painted medallions that depict Christ and four angels, as well as saints and prophets.

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is a triptych, composed of a square middle panel surrounded by two other oak rectangular wings. The picture was probably intended to be read chronologically from left to right.

The Abduction of Rebecca was inspired by an episode from Scott's Ivanhoe, in which the beautiful Rebecca is carried off by two Saracen slaves at the command of the Christian knight.

David and Goliath by Caravaggio is housed in the Galleria Borghese, Rome. David and Goliath, as depicted in this painting have an unusual psychological bond between them. This bond is even more complicated because Caravaggio has depicted himself as Goliath, while the model for David is il suo Caravaggino (his own little Caravaggio) - Cecco del Caravaggio, the artist's studio assistant, recorded as the boy "who lay with him."

The Blinding of Samson by Rembrandt is considered to be the first of its kind in pictorial tradition. This masterpiece was inspired by the story that was told in the Old Testament.

Joachim and Anne is a monumental, extremely rare work painted in 1515 by Vittore Carpaccio, He was a Venetian painter, best known for his cycle of nine paintings called The Legend of Saint Ursula.

Adoration of the Shepherds is heavily influenced by the works of Caravaggio. Just like him, Gerard van Honthorst plays with light and leaves the irrelevant parts of the canvas in darkness.

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Albrecht Altdorfer shows a calm, fantasy picture. While the Virgin is shown resting in a throne-like chair by a richly ornate Renaissance fountain, Joseph proffers a basket of cherries, and the child Jesus tries to touch the water.

Giovanni Lanfranco painted many religious decorations for churches and palaces in Rome. This painting illustrates the story from the Bible - the miracle of Jesus Christ by which he multiplies loaves of bread and fish.

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary is a 1655 painting by the Dutch painter, Jan or Johannes Vermeer. It is housed in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburg.

The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus that emphasizes his moral teaching found in the Gospel of Matthew. Carl Heinrich Bloch was a Danish painter.

Christ Giving the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter by Perugino is a big fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter, Pietro Perugino, that is located in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. This painting is so big that Perugino was later joined by a group of painters from Florence, including Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, and others, who helped him to finish it.

The most important work of Joos van Wassenhove, The Institution of the Eucharist was painted for the high altar of the Brotherhood of Corpus Domini. This masterpice was inspired by a painting by Fra Angelico that Justus had seen at St Mark's convent in Florence.

This painting illustrates a famous story from the Bible. After the Last Supper, Jesus and three of his closest friends went into an olive garden. Jesus faced a terrible ordeal and, while everybody was sleeping, he prayed to be spared. His prayers strengthened him so he was able to accept his fate.

Ecce Homo is a painting by Hieronymus Bosch of the episode in the Passion of Jesus. The title of the painting - Ecce Homo - means "Behold the Man." These words were spoken by the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate when Jesus was paraded before he was sentenced to be crucified.

The Yellow Christ by Paul Gauguin is considered to be one of the key works of Symbolism in painting. It is a symbolic masterpiece that shows the crucifixion of Christ taking place in 19th century northern France, with Breton women gathered in prayer around the cross.

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