As a secular, non-sectarian, universal notion of art arose in 19th-century Western Europe, ancient and Medieval Christian art began to be collected for art appreciation rather than worship, while contemporary Christian art was considered marginal. Occasionally, secular artists treated Christian themes (Bouguereau, Manet) — but only rarely was a Christian artist included in the historical canon (such as Rouault or Stanley Spencer). However many modern artists such as Eric Gill, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jacob Epstein, Elizabeth Frink and Graham Sutherland have produced well-known works of art for churches. Salvador Dali is an artist who had also produced notable and popular artworks with Christian themes. Contemporary artists such as Makoto Fujimura have had significant influence both in sacred and secular arts. Other notable artists include Larry D. Alexander and John August Swanson. Some writers, such as Gregory Wolfe, see this as part of a rebirth of Christian humanism.
The Orthodox Church of Constantinople, which enjoyed greater stability within the surviving Eastern Empire was key in commissioning imagery there and glorifying Christianity. As a stable Western European society emerged during the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church led the way in terms of art, using its resources to commission paintings and sculptures.
Much of the art surviving from Europe after the fall of the Western Roman Empire is Christian art, although this in large part because the continuity of church ownership has preserved church art better than secular works. While the Western Roman Empire's political structure essentially collapsed after the fall of Rome, its religious hierarchy, what is today the modern-day Roman Catholic Church commissioned and funded production of religious art imagery. Christian Movies
The art of this period had its roots in the classical Roman style, but it developed into a more abstract, simplified artistic expression. Its ideal was not physical beauty but spiritual feeling. The human figures thus became types rather than individuals and often had large, staring eyes, “the windows of the soul.” Symbols were frequently used, and compositions were flat and hieratic, in order to concentrate on and clearly visualize the main idea. Although the art of the period intentionally departed from earlier naturalism, it sometimes has great power and immediacy. Christian Video
During the development of Christian art in the Byzantine Empire (see Byzantine art), a more abstract aesthetic replaced the naturalism previously established in Hellenistic art. This new style was hieratic, meaning its primary purpose was to convey religious meaning rather than accurately render objects and people. Realistic perspective, proportions, light and color were ignored in favor of geometric simplification of forms, reverse perspective and standardized conventions to portray individuals and events. The controversy over the use of graven images, the interpretation of the Second Commandment, and the crisis of Byzantine Iconoclasm led to a standardization of religious imagery within the Eastern Orthodoxy. Christian Video Youtube
Since the advent of printing, the sale of reproductions of pious works has been a major element of popular Christian culture. In the 19th century, this included genre painters such as Mihály Munkácsy. The invention of color lithography led to broad circulation of holy cards. In the modern era, companies specializing in modern commercial Christian artists such as Thomas Blackshear and Thomas Kinkade, although widely regarded in the fine art world as kitsch, have been very successful. Christian Video Youtube
Crossroads' Worship Choir is a dynamic group of worshipers made up of adults, college-age and high school students from the body of Christ at Crossroads. This entry-level ministry does not require an audition, but there is a short orientation process. We rehearse every Sunday morning during third service (11:30 a.m.) and play an important part in Sunday services and special events. Each member of the group must be involved in a Connect Group. If you are interested in joining, come to our Sunday morning rehearsal to learn more about what we do.
The Worship & Creative Arts Ministry of Crossroads exists to help people connect to God and connect to others through worship. We seek to glorify the Lord by presenting a pleasing offering to Him with the highest level of excellence possible. We strive to encourage and equip those who have been called by God to the Worship & Creative Arts Ministry through spiritual and technical growth. Through the arts, we share the truth of Jesus Christ and humbly serve Him by leading others into His holy presence.
The worship team complements Crossroads’ Sunday morning services and special events. The instrumentalists and vocalists are auditioned. They rehearse Wednesday evenings and are expected to be available for early morning sound checks, extra practices and special events as announced. The worship team must be active church members who submit to the leadership expectations of Crossroads. In addition, vocalists need to also be committed to the worship choir. Every team member must be involved in a Connect Group. Christian Movies
The Horns of Praise seeks adults, college age, and high school students who play at intermediate and advanced music reading levels. The horns support our worship during Sunday morning services and special events. Rehearsal is Wednesday night from 7 to 8:30. Each person must be involved in a Connect Group. To join, simply visit one of the rehearsals, and schedule an interview and audition with our Worship Leader. Christian Video
The Orthodox Church of Constantinople, which enjoyed greater stability within the surviving Eastern Empire was key in commissioning imagery there and glorifying Christianity. As a stable Western European society emerged during the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church led the way in terms of art, using its resources to commission paintings and sculptures. Christian Movies