By Bridget Heal

ISBN-10: 0198737572

ISBN-13: 9780198737575

a powerful religion explains how and why Lutheranism - a confession that derived its value from the promulgation of God's observe - turned a visually wonderful religion, a religion whose adherents sought to captivate Christians' hearts and minds via seeing in addition to via listening to. even if Protestantism is not any longer understood as an solely word-based faith, the paradigm of evangelical ambivalence in the direction of photos keeps its energy. this is often the
first research to provide an account of the Reformation origins and next flourishing of the Lutheran baroque, of the wealthy visible tradition that constructed in components of the Holy Roman Empire throughout the later 17th and early eighteenth centuries. the quantity opens with a dialogue of the legacy of the
Wittenberg Reformation. 3 sections then specialise in the confessional, devotional, and luxurious photo, exploring turning issues in Lutherans' attitudes in the direction of spiritual paintings. Drawing on a large choice of archival, revealed, and visible assets from of the Empire's most crucial Protestant territories - Saxony, the heartland of the Reformation, and Brandenburg - an impressive religion exhibits the level to which Lutheran tradition was once formed through territorial divisions. It strains the
development of a theologically-grounded aesthetic, and argues that photos turned widespread autos for the articulation of Lutheran identification not just among theologians but in addition among laymen and girls. by way of analyzing the function of pictures within the Lutheran culture because it constructed over the process centuries, A
Magnificent religion bargains a brand new figuring out of the connection among Protestantism and the visible arts.

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