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The reformation of the image

Author: Joseph Leo Koerner
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With his 95 Theses, Martin Luther advanced the radical notion that all Christians could enjoy a direct, personal relationship with God, shattering years of Catholic tradition. The text of the Bible, the Word of God itself, Luther argued, revealed the only true path to salvation. But if words, not iconic images, showed the way to salvation, why didn't religious imagery during the Reformation disappear along with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Lucas Cranach; Lucas Cranach; Cranach, Lucas <1472-1553> - Critique et interprétation.; Lucas Cranach; Martin Luther; Lucas Cranach
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Leo Koerner
ISBN: 0226450066 9780226450063 0226448371 9780226448374
OCLC Number: 54986557
Description: 494 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Timeline --
Introduction. Ideas about the thing ; A tragedy for art? ; Territorial battles ; Appropriations ; A Reformation altarpiece --
pt. I. Cleansing. Actions ; Beliefs ; Fictions ; Communications ; The arrested gesture --
pt. II. The word. The cross ; The outstretched finger ; A hidden God? ; Crude painting ; Preaching ; Teaching ; Ubiquity --
pt. III. Sacrament. From custom to rule ; Behind the mass ; The tables turned ; Ministry ; Church building --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Joseph Leo Koerner.
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Shows how visual art became indispensable to a religious movement built on words. This work also reveals in Protestant images an instance of modern disenchantment: the disappearance of magic both  Read more...

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