Christian art is produced in an attempt to illustrate, supplement and portray in tangible form the principles of Christianity. Most Christian paintings are allusive, or built around themes familiar to the intended observer. Christian groups use or have used oil painting to some extent, although some have had strong objections to some forms of paintings, and there have been major periods of iconoclasm within Christianity. One of the most common Christian themes in Jesus art is that of the Virgin Mary
holding the infant Jesus. Another is that paintings of Jesus on the Cross
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