Art and Religious Belief: Lessons for Contemporary Theory from Renaissance and Baroque Painting

  • Else Marie Bukdahl
Keywords: somaesthetics, embodied creation and perception, simulacre, transfiguation, meliorist goal, sacred and profan love, embodied experience, Eros and Agape, the active viewer


The purpose of this paper is to address the relationship between art and religious belief in the Middle Ages, and particularly during the Renaissance and the Baroque. There is special focus on the themes of art as religion and embodied belief in Christian art in the Renaissance and the Baroque viewed in a somaesthetic perspective. These themes are analysed primarily through interpretations of the works by artists including Raphael, Veronese, Titian, and Caravaggio.