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

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

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

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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ISBN-13: 9780271034065
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations

List of Illustrations


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



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