Interesting, I know many works of the period reflect religious thought but I prefer to enjoy the works for their skill and mastery of each discipline. That's where my education begins and ends. The translation of ancient Greek texts might have played a part in kicking it all off but I have no interest in religion or the practice of it or even as it relates to the artisans of the period. I prefer to view the art and architecture of the period strictly through the lens of the workman. I enjoy observing how the system evolved with patrons and their charges. How the skill level was raised by competition among artisans. Reminds me of how the British invasion touched off a competition of sorts to improve upon the music and ties to societal woes in the sixties and how that one-upsmanship led to greater and greater skill and literally moved the culture along. To me, The Greek period is separate and apart from what happened in Rome etc. As an atheist, the religious aspects of art are merely secondary to the techniques and skills employed in Rome, Venice, Florence, Padua etc. I choose to view the period in that narrow sense.