Rembrandt's Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age

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Overview

Covering all the media Rembrandt worked in throughout his career, Rembrandt’s Faith is the only art-historical study to address the full breadth of the artist’s religious imagery. Rembrandt weighed in on important religious issues of his day and was a close student of the Bible, using traditional approaches based on Saint Paul to employ typology between the Old and New Testaments. He also shared the Dutch propensity to draw analogies between the biblical tales of the “chosen people” and Dutch society, including commentary on righteous leadership under God’s covenant. Rembrandt’s close reading of the Bible and biblical commentary by Calvin and other theologians was greatly abetted by the publication, in 1637, of the Dutch States Bible translation with notes. He also avidly studied seventeenth-century reconstructions of the Jerusalem Temple and frequently located his biblical narratives in re-creations of these spaces. Rembrandt’s Faith raises essential questions about the complex relationships among Rembrandt’s art, religion, and the theological debates of his time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271034065
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Perlove is Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Larry Silver is Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Abbreviations

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Rembrandt and the Jerusalem Temple

1 A Religious Stew: Faith, Diversity, and Controversy in the Dutch Golden Age

2 The Old Testament and Apocrypha: Sinners, Patriarchs, Kings, Heroes, and Exiles

3 Christ’s Infancy and the Temple

4 Childhood and Ministry in the Temple: Councils, Pharisees, and Priests

5 The Temple and Early Church: Ministry, Passion, and Post-Resurrection

6 Rembrandt’s Late Works: Without Temple or Church

7 Conclusions: Wrestling with the Angel

Bibliography

Index

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