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A Magnificent Faith: Art and Identity in Lutheran Germany

Bridget Heal


This book explains how and why Lutheranism—a confession that insisted upon the pre-eminence of God’s Word—became a visually magnificent faith, a faith whose adherents sought to captivate Christians’ hearts and minds through seeing as well as through hearing. Although Protestantism is no longer understood as an exclusively word-based religion, the paradigm of evangelical ambivalence towards images retains its power. This is the first study to offer an account of the Reformation origins and subsequent flourishing of the Lutheran baroque, of the rich visual culture that developed in parts of the ... More

Keywords: Protestant Reformation, Holy Roman Empire, Saxony, Brandenburg, Martin Luther, visual culture, baroque

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737575
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198737575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bridget Heal, author
Senior Lecturer in History, University of St Andrews