Religious Studies

This page highlights Artstor content related to Western and Eastern religious beliefs and traditions, as represented by images of sacred texts, religious iconography, ceremonial objects, and places of worship, including temples, cathedrals, synagogues, churches, and mosques.
View our Curated Image Group: Religious Studies, featuring 100 images selected by an expert to serve as an introduction to the topic.

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Browse by Geography, then select a Classification to view religious paintings, sculpture, architecture, etc. in specific countries 

Keyword search terms such as Krishna, Buddha, stupa, Hindu, mosque, cathedral, and others will retrieve over 1,000 images — use these general terms in combination with others to narrow your results 

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Columbia University has shared approximately 1,800 QTVR panoramas of important monuments of religious architecture in Europe and the Middle East. Of particular note is the strong coverage of Medieval and Renaissance churches and cathedrals in France, England, and Italy. Several Artstor collections document religious sites and architecture in throughout Asia. These include the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive (Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China); Shuilu’an Temple (Northwestern University) (Buddhist temple sculpture at Shuilu’an Temple in Lantian, China); Deepanjana Danda Klein and Arno Klein: Cave Temples at Ellora, India (Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave shrines in Ellora, India); Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia (Cornell University Library); and Carl Strom and Jennifer Strom: Korean Buddhist Monasteries (Buddhist temple and monastery art in South Korea). For the Dunhuang caves and Shuilu-an Temple, Artstor also presents unique visual documentation of the sites with very high resolution digital photography and QTVR panoramas.

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