Having just been doing a load of research on religious paintings by John Martin for a hub I've published, I'm curious to know if there are many other classical / romantic religious artists of a similarly high caliber (other than Michelangelo (of sistine chapel fame))? I guess this could be broadened to what's your favourite piece of religious art?
Mine has to be The Fall of Babylon by John Martin:
The only religious artists I'm greatly familiar with now (other than Micheangelo) are Gustave Dore (Illustrator for John Milton's "Paradise Lost" and "The Divine Comedy" by that other guy) and William Blake. Most of Gustav Dore's images appear to be black and white etchings, and the works of William Blake are usually water color.
William Holman Hunt painted a lot of religious and moral allegories in the 19th century. He was one of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and some of his religious stuff has quite a dark edge to it. Here's one:
This is an illustration of Jesus being found after wandering off to the temple.