"Altars were either square or round. Specimens of both kinds are here given from ancient sculptures." — Anthon, 1891

Altars

"Altars were either square or round. Specimens of both kinds are here given from ancient sculptures."…

This painting, by Titian, perished in a fire in 1867, but there is a copy that hangs in the Church of Santa Maria dei Frari in Venice, Italy.

The Alter-Piece of the Pesaro Family

This painting, by Titian, perished in a fire in 1867, but there is a copy that hangs in the Church of…

This painting by Harry Quilter, the author of the book, is of the city of Assisi in Italy

Assisi

This painting by Harry Quilter, the author of the book, is of the city of Assisi in Italy

This painting, by Titian, was one of his most famous pictures. It can now be found in the Museum of the Spanish capital.

The Assumption of the Virgin

This painting, by Titian, was one of his most famous pictures. It can now be found in the Museum of…

He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title "The father of English history". Bede is regarded as a Doctor of the Church by the Roman Catholic Church, a position of theological significance; he is the only man from Great Britain to achieve this designation.

Bede's Tomb, Durham Cathedral

He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum…

This piece by Tintoretto depicts St. John the Baptist and St. Jerome standing by as the Betrothal of St. Catherine takes place. The painting can be found in the Hall of the College at Ducal Palace in Venice, Italy.

The Betrothal of St. Catherine

This piece by Tintoretto depicts St. John the Baptist and St. Jerome standing by as the Betrothal of…

It is generally regarded as the most impressive (architecturally speaking) church in England that is not a cathedral. Originally a collegiate church, it was not selected as a bishop's seat during the Dissolution of the Monasteries; nevertheless it survived as a parish church, and the chapter house was the only major part of the building to be lost.

Beverly Minster

It is generally regarded as the most impressive (architecturally speaking) church in England that is…

(1519-1605) A French Protestant theologian and reformer.

Theodore de Beza

(1519-1605) A French Protestant theologian and reformer.

Richard Foxe (sometimes Richard Fox) (c. 1448 - 5 October 1528) was an English churchman, successively Bishop of Exeter, Bath and Wells, Durham, and Winchester, Lord Privy Seal, and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Bishop Fox

Richard Foxe (sometimes Richard Fox) (c. 1448 - 5 October 1528) was an English churchman, successively…

"But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." Mark 10:14-16 KJV

Jesus Blessing Little Children

"But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come…

A cross bound by a circle.

Bound Cross

A cross bound by a circle.

"A strange triangular bridge at Croyland was probably built for or by a religious body. This structure stands at the confluence of the Welland, the Nyne, and the Catwater drain; three pointed arches, having their abutments at the angles of an equilateral triangle, meet in the middle, giving three watercourses and three roadways." — Encyclopedia Britanica, 1893

Croyland Bridge

"A strange triangular bridge at Croyland was probably built for or by a religious body. This structure…

A painting by Johann Overbeck of the two saints kneeling in front of Jesus Christ.

The Calling of St. James and St. John

A painting by Johann Overbeck of the two saints kneeling in front of Jesus Christ.

Built between 1175 and 1490, Wells Cathedral has been described as "the most poetic of the English Cathedrals". Much of the structure is in the Early English style and is greatly enriched by the deeply sculptural nature of the mouldings and the vitality of the carved capitals in a foliate style known as "stiff leaf". The eastern end has retained much original glass, which is rare in England. The exterior has a splendid Early English façade and a large central tower.

Wells Cathedral, Somerset

Built between 1175 and 1490, Wells Cathedral has been described as "the most poetic of the English Cathedrals".…

An illustration of a small chapel surrounded by woods.

Chapel

An illustration of a small chapel surrounded by woods.

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is a replica in the Meyer Collection, Hamburg. The painting is from the last decade of the artist's life.

Christ Blessing Little Children

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is a replica in the Meyer Collection, Hamburg. The painting is from…

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is from a Drawing in the Dreden Print Room.

Christ Falling Under the Cross

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is from a Drawing in the Dreden Print Room.

A painting by Johann Overbeck. This painting is one of seven that show the morbid traits of the artist.

Christ Healing the Sick

A painting by Johann Overbeck. This painting is one of seven that show the morbid traits of the artist.

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is from the Drawing in the Linden Collection at Basle

Christ in the Temple

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is from the Drawing in the Linden Collection at Basle

"While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat." Mark 5:36-43 KJV

Christ Raising the Daughter of Jairus

"While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter…

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is one of ten works that the painter brought with him to Munich.

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is one of ten works that the painter brought with him to Munich.

"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:1-2 KJV

The Transfiguration

"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high…

An illustration of the Church of Christ located in St. Louis, Missouri in 1874.

Church

An illustration of the Church of Christ located in St. Louis, Missouri in 1874.

An illustration of a small church

Church

An illustration of a small church

An illustration of a small church and graveyard.

Church and Graveyard

An illustration of a small church and graveyard.

The Church Mission Society, known as the Church Missionary Society in Australia and New Zealand, is a group of evangelistic societies working with the Anglican Church and other Protestant Christians around the world. Founded in 1799, CMS has attracted upwards of nine thousand men and women to serve as mission partners during its 200-year history. A religious Mission or Mission station is a location for missionary work.

CMS Mission Station, Island of Deshimo, Japan

The Church Mission Society, known as the Church Missionary Society in Australia and New Zealand, is…

A Monstrance of Copper Gilt made in italy during fifteenth century. The monstrance is made out of iron, and was used to display the Sacred Host or relics of saints.

Monstrance Copper Gilt for Sacred Relics

A Monstrance of Copper Gilt made in italy during fifteenth century. The monstrance is made out of iron,…

"The plain rectangular cross, with a view to its enrichment." — Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1893

Cross

"The plain rectangular cross, with a view to its enrichment." — Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1893

This painting by Tintoretto depicts the crucifiction of Christ. The painting can be found in the Scuolo di San Rocco in Venice, Italy.

The Crucifixion

This painting by Tintoretto depicts the crucifiction of Christ. The painting can be found in the Scuolo…

This painting is by Andrea Mantegna is a good example of the oil paint on wood technique that he used. The piece can now be found in the Louvre in Paris, Italy.

The Crucifixion

This painting is by Andrea Mantegna is a good example of the oil paint on wood technique that he used.…

An illustration of crusaders before Jerusalem. The Crusades were a series of military campaigns of a religious character waged by much of Christian Europe against external and internal opponents. Crusades were fought mainly against Muslims, though campaigns were also directed against pagan Slavs, Jews, Russian and Greek Orthodox Christians, Mongols, Cathars, Hussites, Waldensians, Old Prussians and political enemies of the popes. Crusaders took vows and were granted an indulgence for past sins. The Crusades originally had the goal of recapturing Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim rule and were launched in response to a call from the Eastern Orthodox Byzantine Empire for help against the expansion of the Muslim Seljuk Turks into Anatolia.

Crusaders

An illustration of crusaders before Jerusalem. The Crusades were a series of military campaigns of a…

This painting, by Francesco Raibolini, was painted soon after 1500 for the Benedictines of Parma. The emotional expressions on the faces of the figures is apparent here. The piece can now be found in the Accademia in Parma.

Deposition from the Cross

This painting, by Francesco Raibolini, was painted soon after 1500 for the Benedictines of Parma. The…

This sculpture by the great artist, Donatello, is of many people kneeling and standing around the body of Jesus Christ. It is a Bronze-relief and can now be found in S. Lorenzo, Florence.

The Deposition

This sculpture by the great artist, Donatello, is of many people kneeling and standing around the body…

This piece by Tintoretto was considered a defiant and prejudice work of art for it's time. It can be now be found in The Library of St. Mark in Venice, Italy.

Diogenes

This piece by Tintoretto was considered a defiant and prejudice work of art for it's time. It can be…

The influence is very much Roman, and this can be seen by looking at the doors and windows of the tower. The tower has a number of functions. At Earls Barton, the ground floor probably served as the main body of the church and would have been annexed by a chancel to the east.

Earls-Barton Saxon Tower

The influence is very much Roman, and this can be seen by looking at the doors and windows of the tower.…

A sculpture representing and commemorating a person, usually in a church.

Effigy

A sculpture representing and commemorating a person, usually in a church.

An Egyptian Temple

Egyptian Temple

An Egyptian Temple

This painting by Giotto is a fresco and is a good representation of his use of grief and horror. It is one of the most beautiful pieces that can be found in the Arena Chapel in Padue.

The Entombment of Christ

This painting by Giotto is a fresco and is a good representation of his use of grief and horror. It…

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is of Christ after the crucifiction. He is being carried by his followers to a tomb.

The Entombment

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is of Christ after the crucifiction. He is being carried by his followers…

This painting by Andrea Mantegna is from the time period when he worked for the Pope in Verona. It is a Renaissance piece from an engraving.

The Entombment

This painting by Andrea Mantegna is from the time period when he worked for the Pope in Verona. It is…

Eyam churchyard contains a Saxon cross dated to the 7th or 8th centuries. Initially, it was located at the side of a cart track near to Eyam. After the plague it was moved to its present location.

Eyam Churchyard Cross

Eyam churchyard contains a Saxon cross dated to the 7th or 8th centuries. Initially, it was located…

"One of an order of beings, the life-principles or geniuses or tutelary spirits of living beings, believed in and reverenced by the ancient Persians, adherents of the Zoroastrian religion. (Also) a name given ... to a symbol seen on monuments of ancient Persian origin, representing a winged circle, with or without a manlike figure in it, hovering over the head of a king or other person, and believed by some to represent his tutelary spirit." -Whitney, 1911

Feloher from Nineveh

"One of an order of beings, the life-principles or geniuses or tutelary spirits of living beings, believed…

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish creature which may represent a deity, comes from Dahomey, Africa.

Fetish of African Deity

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish creature which may represent…

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish creature which may represent a deity, comes from Dahomey, Africa.

Fetish of African Deity

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish creature which may represent…

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish creature which may represent a deity, comes from Dahomey, Africa.

Fetish of African Deity

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish creature which may represent…

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish of a man and a woman comes from Dahomey, Africa.

Fetish of Man and Woman

A fetish is an object believed to have supernatural powers. This fetish of a man and a woman comes from…

A circular finial cross.

Finial Cross

A circular finial cross.

A ornamental finial cross.

Finial Cross

A ornamental finial cross.

A ornamental finial cross.

Finial Cross

A ornamental finial cross.

"Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral, England, looking toward the nave." -Whitney, 1911

Gloucester Cathedral

"Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral, England, looking toward the nave." -Whitney, 1911

The cathedral consists of a Norman nucleus (Walter de Lacy is buried there), with additions in every style of Gothic architecture. It is 420 feet (130 m) long, and 144 feet (44 m) wide, with a beautiful central tower of the 15th century rising to the height of 225 ft (69 m). and topped by four graceful pinnacles, a famous landmark.

Gloucester Cathedral (Abbey) Church

The cathedral consists of a Norman nucleus (Walter de Lacy is buried there), with additions in every…

There has been a church on the site for over 1300 years since Etheldreda, Queen of Northumbria made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674. Of Wilfrid's Benedictine abbey, which was constructed almost entirely of material salvaged from nearby Roman ruins, the Saxon crypt and apse still remain.

Hexham Abbey

There has been a church on the site for over 1300 years since Etheldreda, Queen of Northumbria made…

Johann Overbeck's motive of this painting was borrowed from Raphael. It's from the collection of his first period works.

Holy Family

Johann Overbeck's motive of this painting was borrowed from Raphael. It's from the collection of his…

A cross with a circular disk placed on it, as at Iona.

Iona

A cross with a circular disk placed on it, as at Iona.

Ishtar, from an Assyrian cylinder.

Ishtar

Ishtar, from an Assyrian cylinder.

The present parish church of St. Peter's at Wearmouth, on the north bank of the River Wear, occupies the ancient priory church building and is one of the oldest churches in Great Britain. The tower dates from Norman times, and doubtless formed part of the building as restored after the Conquest.

Jarrow Church Tower

The present parish church of St. Peter's at Wearmouth, on the north bank of the River Wear, occupies…

This painting, by Tistian, was created shortly after the destruction of the Turks. The painting can now be found in Turin, Italy.

Judas Returning the Money to the High Priest

This painting, by Tistian, was created shortly after the destruction of the Turks. The painting can…

This painting is by Andrea Mantegna is a great example of popular art from the baroque period. It can now be found in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

This painting is by Andrea Mantegna is a great example of popular art from the baroque period. It can…

An illustration of a group of people kneeling in front a large cross.

Kneeling in Front of Cross

An illustration of a group of people kneeling in front a large cross.

This painting, by Francesco Raibolini, is a good example of the way he reflects the influences of Pergino and Raphael. This painting can now be found in the Dresden Gallery.

Madonna and Child with a Bird

This painting, by Francesco Raibolini, is a good example of the way he reflects the influences of Pergino…