Here are some of the most prominent cases in which religious art was destroyed because of the Biblical injunction against graven images:
In Judaism, King Hezekiah purged Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem and the Land of Israel of figures, including the Nehushtan, as recorded in the Second Book of Kings. His reforms were reversed in the reign of his son Manasseh.
A Midrash included in Genesis Rabba attributes a major act of iconoclasm to Abraham. This is not attested in the Biblical account of the Patriarch’s life, but is an important aspect of Abraham's character in later Jewish tradition.
In the world of Islam, there have been various periods of iconoclasm against images of other religions (e.g., Christianity, Buddhism, etc.) and those produced within Islam.
The Beeldenstorm in Europe during the Protestant Reformation and the religious conflicts following, with Protestants destroying traditional (by then considered Catholic imagery) or sometimes Protestant imagery.
During the French Revolution, people widely destroyed religious and monarchical imagery.
During and after the Communist overthrow of the Chinese monarchy, as well as during the later Cultural Revolution, there was widespread destruction of religious and secular imagery in China, including in Tibet.
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