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Seminar 09

Religion and Art: Catholics and Protestants


Seminar questions

  1. What does the secularization of art tells us about the Reformation?


  1. Was the art of the Catholic Reformation a reaction against Renaissance values?


  1. Did an artist have more freedom in northern or southern Europe during the late sixteenth- early seventeenth century?


Suggested reading


Blunt, Anthony, Artistic Theory in Italy, 1450-1600, Oxford 1956, ch. 8 [N 65.I8]


Gibbons, Mary Weitzel, Giambologna: Narrator of the Catholic Reformation, Berkeley 1995 []


Gilbert, C., ‘The Archbishop on the Painters of Florence’, Art Bulletin, 41 (1959), pp. 75-87 [Arts Periodicals]


Goldthwaite, Richard A., Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy 1300-1600, Baltimore-London 1993, section 2 [NX 711.I8]


Haskell, Francis, Patrons and Painters. Art and Society in Baroque Italy, New Haven-London 1980 [N 6916.H2]


Lowe, Kate, ‘Nuns and Choice: Artistic Decision-Making in Medicean Florence’, in With and Without the Medici. Studies in Tuscan Art and Patronage 1434-1530, ed. E. Marchand and A. Wright, Aldershot 1998, pp. 129-153 [N 6915.W4]


Magnuson, Torgil, Rome in the Age of Bernini, 2 vols., Stockholm 1982-86 [N 6920.M2]


Radke, Gary M., ‘Nuns and Their Art: The Case of San Zaccaria in Renaissance Venice’, Renaissance Quarterly, 54 (2001), pp. 430-459 [Jstor]


Verdon, Timothy – Henderson, John (eds), Christianity and the Renaissance: Image and Religious Imagination in the Quattrocento, Syracuse 1990 [N 7952.C4]


Welch, Evelyn, Art and Society in Italy, 1350-1500, Oxford 1997, chs. 5-6 [N 6915.W3]


Winkelmes, Mary-Ann, ‘Taking Part: Benedictine Nuns as Patrons of Art and Architecture’, in Picturing Women in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, ed. by Geraldine A. Johnson and Sara F. Matthews Grieco, Cambridge 1997, pp. 91-110 [N 6915.P4]


Wittkower, Rudolph, Gian Lorenzo Bernini: The Sculptor of the Roman Baroque, Oxford 1981 [NB 623.B3]




Aston, Margaret, The King’s Bedpost. Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait, Cambridge 1993 [ND 1314.A8]


Christensen, Carl C., Art and the Reformation in Germany, Athens, OH, 1979 [N 7950.C4]


Dillenberger, J., Images and Relics: Theological Perception and Visual Images in Sixteenth-Century Europe, Oxford 1999 []


Garside, C., Zwingli and the Arts, New Haven 1966 [BR 345.G2]


Hutchison, Jane Campbell, Albrecht Dürer: A Biography, Princeton 1990 [ND 588.D9]


Landau, David – Parshall, Peter, The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550, New Haven-London 1994 [NE 440.L2]


Michalski, S., The Reformation and the Visual Arts: The Protestant Image Question in Western and Eastern Europe, London 1993 [N 6375.M4]


Pettegree, Andrew, ‘Luther and the Arts’, in Idem (ed), The Reformation World, London 2000, ch. 25 []


Scribner, Robert W., For the Sake of Simple Folk: Popular Propaganda for the German Reformation, Cambridge 1981 [BR 307.S2]


Spraggon, Julie, Puritan Iconoclasm during the English Civil War, Woodbridge 2003 [BR 757.S7]


Wandel, Lee Palmer, Voracious Idols and Violent Hands: Iconoclasm in Reformation Zurich, Strasbourg and Basel, Cambridge 1995 [BR 355.I6]