Christian Artist Ron DiCianni Follows Centuries-Old Tradition
Christian art reflects the century that it is painted in. We immediately think of the Renaissance, a time when literacy rates were low and visual representations were all important. With the contemporary rise of media and the decline of reading, there is every reason to believe that society is again returning to the oral/visual tradition.
Our churches almost always have paintings and stained-glass windows that teach and inspire. Today the message of Christianity is needed even more in a world where dysfunctional families have become the norm, with both parents away at work all day, unable to provide adequate moral compass.
Christianity and family life are themselves being tragically eroded everywhere by a mocking liberal secularism. The home is no longer the primary place of worship in the lives of people today.
Painters like Ron DiCianni have answered to an aesthetic calling to bring Biblical and other Christian themes to our culture.
His 12′ x 40′ “The Resurrection” mural was commissioned by the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. DiCianni argues that depicting Christ actually leaving the tomb is unique. He sees it as “the single act in history” that surpasses every other event in any religion, philosophy, or belief system.
The mural depicts the presence of Biblical characters from throughout the Old and New Testaments, not unlike his painting of a minister being backed up by a panoply of Christian teachers. Besides Christ in “The Resurrection,” viewers will find moral leaders like Moses,Elijah, David, Isaiah, Abraham, Noah, Daniel, Esther, John the Baptist, and others.