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A Magnificent FaithArt and Identity in Lutheran Germany$
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Bridget Heal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198737575.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
A Magnificent Faith

Bridget Heal

Oxford University Press

The introduction outlines the book’s key themes and methodological approaches. It situates the study within recent scholarly discussions of confessional culture and identity, and demonstrates the importance of incorporating images and other types of visual evidence into these discussions. The introduction also provides an overview of recent work on the history of Lutheran art, and argues that we need to move beyond the still-widespread assumption that it served primarily polemical and pedagogical purposes. The introduction outlines the chronological and geographical scope of the whole study, and gives brief histories of the two territories that lie at its heart: Electoral Saxony and Brandenburg. Finally, it explains the book’s structure, providing an overview of its three main sections: the confessional image, the devotional image, and the magnificent image.

Keywords:   Dresden, confessional culture, confessional identity, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lutheran art, Wittenberg

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