Reformation and the Visual Arts: The Protestant Image Question in Western and Eastern Europe [NOOK Book]

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Available for the first time in English, The Reformation and the Visual Arts provides a unique overview of religious images and iconoclasm from the time of Byzantium through the Reformation to the Eastern Orthodox churches. Sergiusz Michalski argues that not all Protestants espoused iconoclasm and that, in fact, the question of images played a large role in the ensuing divisions of European Protestantism. The positions of the major Protestant reformersLuther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Karlstadton the legitimacy of ...

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Reformation and the Visual Arts: The Protestant Image Question in Western and Eastern Europe

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Overview

Available for the first time in English, The Reformation and the Visual Arts provides a unique overview of religious images and iconoclasm from the time of Byzantium through the Reformation to the Eastern Orthodox churches. Sergiusz Michalski argues that not all Protestants espoused iconoclasm and that, in fact, the question of images played a large role in the ensuing divisions of European Protestantism. The positions of the major Protestant reformersLuther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Karlstadton the legitimacy of religious paintings are analyzed and the author investigates iconoclasm both as a form of religious and political protest and as a complex set of mock-revolutionary rites and denigration rituals.

Covering both Western and Eastern Europe, The Reformation and the Visual Arts contains entirely original research on relations between Protestant iconoclasm and the extreme icon-worship of the Eastern Orthodox churches, as well as providing a briefdiscussion of Eastern protestantizing iconoclast sects, particularly in Russia. Encompassing a vast geographical and chronological span, and bringing new material to light, this book reveals the peculiar mixture of theological fundamentalism and pragmatic public action which characterized the question of images.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Martin Luther: cultic abuse, religious art and Christian freedom 1
2 The iconophobes: Karlstadt, Zwingli and Calvin 43
3 Iconoclasm: rites of destruction 75
4 Icon and pulpit: the Eastern Churches and the Reformation 99
5 Symbols and commonplaces, or the conceptual background of the dispute on images 169
Appendix: Protestant and Muslim aniconism: attempts at comparison 195
Notes 197
Guide to further reading 218
Index 226
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