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In the Beginning Was the Image: Art and the Reformation Bible

David H. Price


This pioneering study focuses on decisive contributions by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Hans Holbein the Younger to the popular promotion of the printed Bible and, beyond that, to the evangelical impulses that transformed ecclesiastical art. The Renaissance, always recognized as a time of artistic and theological foment for Christianity, also witnessed a visual re-formation of the Bible. Material culture played its part, since the printing press allowed proliferation of biblical images and texts on a previously unimaginable scale. Contrary to commonly accepted claims that the R ... More

Keywords: Reformation, Renaissance art, Bible and art, Protestant church art, Bible and printing, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hans Holbein the Younger, history of the Bible, Luther’s Bible

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190074401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190074401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David H. Price, author
Vanderbilt University