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Realism: This should be pretty obvious, yes, it's realistic. This covers portraits, wildlife, still life, etc.

Religious: This is quite a broad term in all actuality since religion is a lot of things to a lot of ppl. For this particular term we are going to stick with the Christian images since that is what the general local public considers religious.

Usual topics of choice are:
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Angels-The servants of God. There are many different representations of the angels from frilly little cherubs, angelic choirs of seraphim, fiery arch angels, and yes, death.

Anima Sola-Usually a woman in flames and imprisoned, yet with broken chains. A Catholic symbol of a suffering and the release from it.

Christ-the son of God. Typically pictured on the cross (crucifix) or with a lamb or small children.

Crosses-A symbol usually used to represent faith in God and the Christ. Also said to represent Jesus's reach. To heaven and hell along with everything inbetween.Also used to symbolize the bridge between heaven and earth. (courtesy of Bob McLure)

Mother Mary-Usually a much more catholic design but it depicts Christ's mother holding him standing on a moon held by cherubim along with bordering and varying symbols, also referred to as the Madonna. There are various images of Mary for different regions of the world.

Patron Saints: There are many, many, many patron saints within the Catholic religion. Here's a few of them:

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St Christopher: patron saint of safe travel. Usually depicted as a bearded man with a walking stick carrying a child across a river.

St Lucy: patron saint of the blind or those with eye trouble. Represented as a younger woman looking upward while holding a twig of fern in one hand and a plate with two eyes in the other.

St Nicholas: Children (western) and sailors (eastern). Usually depicted as a balding, bearded man with three crosses trimming his robe and holding a bible. A crown may or may not be present.

Therese of Lisieux: Missions and the support of the missionaries. Typically represented holding a crucifix and a bunch of roses as one would hold a baby.

St Valentine: He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people.

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Rosary: An item used during prayer in the Catholic faith. It is a necklace composed of beads with a crucifix in the middle.
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Runes: A vary early Northern European way of writing. The symbols have meanings and phonetics. They are typically very rigid in form, using primarily straight lines. (See Viking)

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