Sun Art

In nearly every culture on Earth, the sun has played a prominent part in their artistic and religious lives. As such, the portrayal of this symbol in artwork today and in times past is no surprise. Whether it's in photography or on canvas, featuring the sun in art is a powerful symbol of strength, renewal, and warmth that has fascinated audiences and decorated their homes since ancient times.

Contemporary and traditional artists frequently used stylized sun art, even to the point of adding human faces or mannerisms to them. These symbols were used for a variety of reasons, depending on the subject being painted. Frequently, monarchs were painted with the addition of some form of sun imagery which was supposed to communicate these rulers divine right to the throne. Additionally, sun canvas art was popular in early religious art as an indicator of time and also as a symbol of the death and rebirth of Christ.
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Sun and Surf
Richard Nowicki
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24" x 18"
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Autumn Sun
David Galchutt
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13" x 18"
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Red Sun
Unknown
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14" x 14"
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Total solar eclipse
Alan Dyer/Stocktrek Images
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26" x 17"
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Victorian Soaring
David Galchutt
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24" x 31"
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Total solar eclipse taken near Carberry, Manitoba, Canada
Alan Dyer/Stocktrek Images
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34" x 23"
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Total Solar Eclipse on November 21, 1960
Unknown
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24" x 18"
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Solar Flares
Unknown
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24" x 36"
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Baroque Tiles II
Jairo Rodriguez
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6" x 6"
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An Intensity M87 solar Flare on the Sun's Surface
Stocktrek Images
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21" x 21"
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Kokopelli Playing Under the Sun
Unknown
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18" x 24"
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The Blissful Alignment
David Galchutt
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31" x 24"
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Sun and planets
Panoramic Images
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36" x 12"
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Sunshine II
John W. Golden
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8" x 10"
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Cosmic Sun
Howie Green
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24" x 32"
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San Francisco Sunrise
Jesse Kalisher
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25" x 19"
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Celestial Courtship
David Galchutt
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13" x 20"
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Sun Glowing Whimsy
Natasha Wescoat
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36" x 48"
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Eden
David Galchutt
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30" x 30"
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Solar Activity on the Sun
Stocktrek Images
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28" x 28"
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Solar Calendar
Sue Schlabach
Fine-Art Print
18" x 18"
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Sunny Smile
Claudia Interrante
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14" x 17"
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Joshua tree at the roadside, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
Panoramic Images
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36" x 24"
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Sunset over mountain range, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
Panoramic Images
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38" x 12"
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In graphic depictions of suns, such as was seen in the French Baroque style, the rays of the sun were the most distinctive aspect of this symbol. These rays could be highly decorative, and many of the modern artists who use this subject in their work take this same approach in their artistic interpretations. However, many popular modern artists have also chosen to disregard the sun's idealized rays in favor of a more realistic depiction that serves as a symbolic vehicle for another element of the paintings design or as a part of the artist’s message. One example of this type of treatment is in the painting 'Sky of Many Suns I' by Patricia Pinto.

Additionally, modern culture has become fascinated with the realistic portrayal of the sun through the use of photographs and depictions of outer space. These works are accurate and help to give the viewer a reminder of the fact that they are only a part of the universe they live in. Images of activity on the sun are also popular, such as solar flares and other signs of cosmic unrest.
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