This pioneering study focuses on the decisive contributions of the three leading artists of the Northern Renaissance—Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Hans Holbein the Younger— to the printed Bible and to the transformation of ecclesiastical art in the Protestant Reformation.
A time of artistic and theological revolution, the Renaissance and Reformation also witnessed a visual reformation of the Bible. In David H. Price’s new interpretation, these artists emerge as major reformers in their own right who created a dynamic and innovative visual culture of biblicism. In the Beginning Was the Image explicitly addresses a key paradox of the Bible’s new cultural status: as divergent Bible editions and translations shattered the unity of Christianity, new artistic approaches arose to accommodate theological and textual diversity. Rulers and theologians produced new Bibles as foundations for transformative socio-political movements, and their success, according to Price’s compelling research, depended on the inventiveness and creativity of these artists.
Written in a style designed to be accessible to a broad range of readers, Price’s richly nuanced study explores the art of Dürer, Cranach, and Holbein and the biblical iconographies they developed to connect the new biblicism to faith and political authority.
David H. Price is Professor of Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, History, and Art History at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in early modern European history. He has written extensively on a broad range of topics, including Renaissance visual art, early modern literature, the Bible in the Reformation era, Christian-Jewish relations, and the history of books and printing. He is also the author of Johannes Reuchlin and the Campaign to Destroy Jewish Books.
Table des matières :
1. In the Beginning Was the Image: Art and the Renaissance of the Bible
2. The Artist as Biblical Humanist
3. The Artist as Reformer
4. Dürer’s Reformation: Art and Politics of Biblicism
5. Word Made Image: Cranach’s Biblical Iconography
6. Holbein and the Art of the Heterogeneous Bible
7. Epilogue: “For the God-Fearing and the Art-Loving”
Informations pratiques :
David H. Price, In the Beginning Was the Image. Art and the Reformation Bible, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2021. 440 Pages | 150 Illus. 235x156mm ISBN: 9780190074401. GBP : 64,00.
Source : Oxford University Press