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The Magnificat Gallery was founded in 2009 to foster Singapore’s Christian community through an appreciation for meaningful Biblical art. Our central mission is to act as an educational resource for those wanting to learn about the history of Christian art, and to encourage the display of such works in the home. We also provide carefully chosen international and collectible artworks for private homes and institutions. 

Among the many reasons to study this subject is the overwhelming prevalence of Christian teachings in Western art. The Church has been an essential driving force in the development of Western aesthetics since the earliest examples of Christian art arose at the end of the second century. Around this time, evidence of Christianity’s expanding cultural influence could be found in the Old Testament resurrection stories - such as Jonah and the Whale - decorating marble tombs throughout the Roman Empire. Direct images of Christ and the Crucifixion were rare and often expressly forbidden, but they would come to dominate Western art during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

As the Catholic Church surpassed ancient religions in socio-cultural dominance in the Middle Ages, artists increasingly depicted vivid scenes from the New Testament. Since many people in Western Europe were illiterate, religious paintings served as a way to bring Bible stories to the masses. There was a shift away from the Church’s patronage during the Renaissance, as aristocrats and wealthy merchants began to cultivate extensive art collections of their own. However, these patrons often commissioned Catholic art and donated it to churches. This is why altarpieces, Church frescoes, and Biblical murals were the most common artworks produced at this time. 

Today, the Catholic Church is one of the largest property owners in the world, and their holdings include an immeasurable collection of influential and culturally important artworks. The Magnificat Gallery aims to provide private homeowners with an avenue to continue this vital preservation of history.