Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Thy Holiness"

I'm really fascinated by the variety of religions that exist in the world and their associated imagery. Gods and other heavenly beings are always perfect & immaculate, depicted in their culture's ideal of beauty.
Growing up in Austria within a Roman Catholic culture I'm used to the characters of the Bible but other more exotic (to me) religions have always sparked my interest. Especially Hinduism and the way they often paint their heavenly people - blue skin, 60ies makeup and oooh the jewellery! ♥

The tales in all the religious texts, be it the Bible or what I've read of other collections of writings such as the great Hindu epics or the Egyptian books of the dead, are often wonderfully surreal and bizarre. And yet people take them insanely literally, even in our times and fight wars over a footnote in their fav version of _______ (insert religious book of choice). It's like arguing over the hue of red on Little Red Riding Hood's hood.

Anyway, I decided to paint a peaceful, multifaith angel-goddess hovering in the sky somewhere between day and night. It's the biggest painting I've ever painted and I timelapsed most of its creation into a 5 min video. Enjoy :)

Also here's a few real cool religious illustrations:

Shiva and Parvati

Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universal Form) to
Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

The snake sacrifice of Janamejaya.

Rama and the monkey chiefs

Lord Vishnu

Angel Gabriel tells Virgin Mary that she has been chosen
by God to become the mother of his son Jesus.

"And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."

Hunefer's heart being weighed on the scale of Maat against the feather of truth, by the jackal-headed Anubis. The ibis-headed Thoth, scribe of the gods, records the result. If his heart equals exactly the weight of the feather, Hunefer is allowed to pass into the afterlife. If not, he is eaten by the waiting chimeric devouring creature Ammit composed of the deadly crocodile, lion, and hippopotamus.

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