Shining Through

Shining Through

Religious art almost always has multiple purposes and this is especially apparent in older churches. Whether in the form of statues, stained-glass windows, iconography, or the overall architecture of the settings, the visual impact of the art is intended to transport the viewer to another state of mind or another “perspective” on self, others, and the nature of life. I was struck by this when I visited the chapel at the Baptistry of Lydia in Phillipi, Greece. The chapel has beautiful mosaics, stonework, and stained-glass windows — one of which I tried to capture in this painting. For the believers that built and used the chapel, the light shining through the windows was intended to remind them of the divine influence that had touched their lives; likewise, the window was a reminder of God’s light shining through the believers to each other and the world around them.

 

 


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