The Reformation of the Image

The Reformation of the Image

by Joseph Leo Koerner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226448371

ISBN-13: 9780226448374

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Martin Luther preached the radical notion that we are saved through faith alone. With one stroke, he overturned a thousand years of practice and teaching. Gone was the need for saintly intercessors and a special priesthood or the richly decorated and image-filled churches in which such mediation could take place. What counted now was faith arriving inwardly, in…  See more details below

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Martin Luther preached the radical notion that we are saved through faith alone. With one stroke, he overturned a thousand years of practice and teaching. Gone was the need for saintly intercessors and a special priesthood or the richly decorated and image-filled churches in which such mediation could take place. What counted now was faith arriving inwardly, in each individual, through the text of the Bible—the naked Word of God itself.

But if words—not iconic images—led the believer to salvation, why didn’t religious imagery disappear during the Reformation?  The answer, according to Joseph Leo Koerner’s masterful The Reformation of the Image, lies in the paradoxical nature of Protestant religious imagery itself, which is at once both iconic and iconoclastic. According to Koerner, it is this “iconoclash” that characterizes Reformation art. The Reformation of the Image compellingly shows how visual art became indispensable to a religious movement built on words.  It also reveals in Protestant images a powerful instance of modern disenchantment:  the disappearance of magic both from images and from the world.

“Unfailingly arresting and inventive . . . it is a long time since a work of art history has kept me so consistently reaching for a pencil to register ardent appreciation or violent dissent.”—Eamon Duffy, London Review of Books

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226448374
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
494
Sales rank:
1,218,688
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents


Timeline
Preface
Introduction
1. Ideas About the Thing
2. A Tragedy for Art?
3. Territorial Battles
4. Appropriations
5. A Reformation Altarpiece
Part I - Cleansing
6. Actions
7. Beliefs
8. Fictions
9. Communications
10. The Arrested Gesture
Part II - The Word
11. The Cross
12. The Outstretched Finger
13. A Hidden God?
14. Crude Painting
15. Preaching
16. Teaching
17. Ubiquity
Part III - Sacrament
18. From Custom to Rule
19. Behind the Mass
20. The Tables Turned
21. Ministry
22. Church Building
Epilogue
References
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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