Our Top Ten Paintings Inspired by the Gospels

Here you can reflect on these works of art alongside the Scripture verses which inspired them.

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The Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38

Fra Filippo Lippi, The Annunciation, about 1450-3, National Gallery (NG666), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-21

Geertgen tot Sint Jans, The Nativity at Night, possibly about 1490, National Gallery (NG4081), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

The Flight to Egypt: Matthew 2:12-15

Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin with the Infant Saint John the Baptist adoring the Christ Child accompanied by an Angel (‘The Virgin of the Rocks’), about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8, National Gallery (NG1093), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

The Baptism of Jesus: Matthew 3:13-17

Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ, about 1415/20, National Gallery (NG665), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Matthew 18:10-14

William Holman Hunt, Our English Coasts, 1852 (‘Strayed Sheep’), Tate (N05665), digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported), tate.org.uk

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet: John 13:1-20

Ford Madox Brown, Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet, 1852-6, Tate (N01394), digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported), tate.org.uk

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-46

Giovanni Bellini, The Agony in the Garden, about 1465, National Gallery (NG726), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

The Crucifixion: Matthew 27:32-56

Raphael, The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints and Angels (The Mond Crucifixion), about 1502-3, National Gallery (NG3943), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

Jesus Is Buried: Luke 23:50-56

Gerard David, Lamentation, 1515-23, National Gallery (NG1078), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

On the Road to Emmaus: Luke 24:13-35

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601, National Gallery (NG172), digital image © National Gallery released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND, nationalgallery.org.uk

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