Would there be art and fine architecture without religion?

Pictures such as the Moaning Lisa, art such as the Leaning Tower of Giza were painted and built by great artists such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Publius Aelius Fortunatus.  Would there works be around if they were non-believers? 

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  • 3 months ago
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    I believe Immortals who ruled over Atlantis, inspired 

    the Renaissance, Peabody. They live in great Holy Diamond-Cities

    in Hollow-Earth. Century, after Century they work to promote freedom 

    and spiritual-advancement throughout the world. 

  • Archer
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    3 months ago

    Yes, man is a creative creature after all we did create the gods now didn't we.

  • KennyB
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    3 months ago

    This is a very problematic question that actually requires a great of art-historical knowledge in addition to knowledge about the history of organized religion and atheism in western civilization to answer.

    First, I must point out that Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh were atheists but they never painted 'atheistic' subjects.

    Second, andI mean absolutely no disrespect, the examples you give betray an ignorance of art history. The field of art has changed so rapidly in the past century or so that most people outside of the field find it easier refer back to artworks created centuries ago (before you needed a degree to follow what's going on) as being the greatest artistic achievements of humankind. This is simply not true.

    Regardless, a great deal of the types of religiously inspired art were commissioned works, often from religious authorities or the Church itself. In the case of Da Vinci, he people lived in theocratic societies the likes of which we can only imagine in the west today.  When Da Vinci was born, the Inquisition had already cast its shadow over Europe for around 300 years, and was still going strong. "Atheist inspired art" was not an option for anyone who didn't have a death wish. A lot of people don't realize that the Inquisition started as early as 1230 CE in France and lasted as late as 1834 in Spain.

    The general attitude towards atheism may not be good now, but it's only been about 150 years since the Church (hand in hand with government) was putting people to death for espousing such unpopular beliefs.  So the answer to your last question is "no" and they would have been put to death if they professed otherwise.

  • 3 months ago

    Most people don't realize that Publius AF is a user here.  He uses the name Publius. 

    I must say, though, that all works are created by believers because we all believe in something.   Linda Evans believes in Crystal Light.

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