Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down: Art For Ash Wednesday (PHOTOS)

Happy Ash Wednesday, everyone. For those lapsed Catholics who forgot, today is the beginning of Lent, marking the start of 40 days of fasting and prayer. The holiday gets its name from the ritual of marking a cross of ash on one's forehead in honor of mourning and repentance to God.

Even if you are not Christian, Ash Wednesday is a reminder of the power of ritual and the importance of sacred rites. Of course, leave it to the art world to take a pretty serious tradition and stir things up...

Here are some of our favorite Ash Wednesday-inspired works, from the reverent to the naughty.