The Reformation of the Image
By (author) Joseph Leo Koerner
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Reformation of the Image by Joseph Leo Koerner
Book DescriptionMartin Luther preached the radical notion that we are saved through faith alone. With one stroke, he overturned a thousand years of practice and teaching. Gone was the need for saintly intercessors and a special priesthood or the richly decorated and image-filled churches in which such mediation could take place. What counted now was faith arriving inwardly, in each individual, through the text of the Bible - the naked Word of God itself. But if words - not iconic images - led the believer to salvation, why didn't religious imagery disappear during the Reformation? The answer, according to Joseph Leo Koerner's masterful "The Reformation of the Image", lies in the paradoxical nature of Protestant religious imagery itself, which is at once both iconic and iconoclastic. According to Koerner, it is this "iconoclash" that characterizes Reformation art. "The Reformation of the Image" compellingly shows how visual art became indispensable to a religious movement built on words. It also reveals in Protestant images a powerful instance of modern disenchantment: the disappearance of magic both from images and from the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226448374
(241mm x 172mm x 24mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph Leo Koerner
Caspar David Friedrich, Paperback (September 2009)
Caspar David Friedrich (1774 1840), the greatest painter of the Romantic movement in Germany, was perhaps Europe's first truly modern artist. This title offers a comprehensive account of this most fascinating of nineteenth-century masters.
Reformation of the Image, Hardback (February 2004)
Examines the images used in Protestant church services during the period of their definition by Martin Luther. This title locates the conflict between verbal and visual communication in the emergence of a state-supported, state-supporting faith.
Moment of Self-portraiture in German Renaissance Art, Paperback (February 1997)» View all books by Joseph Leo Koerner
In this study, Joseph Koerner establishes the character of Renaissance art in Germany and examines how artists such as Albrecht Durer and Hans Baldung Grien reflected in their masterworks the changing status of the self in 16th-century Germany.
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Author Biography - Joseph Leo Koerner
Joseph Leo Koerner is professor of art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He is the author of Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape and The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art, the latter copublished by the University of Chicago Press.
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