Jacolien Wubs

To Proclaim, to Instruct and to Discipline

The Visuality of Texts in Calvinist Churches in the Dutch Republic

The visual display of Scripture became common in Dutch Calvinist churches after the "Beeldenstorm": text panels and text paintings filled the lacunas left by removed images and altars. This richly illustrated volume shows how text decoration marked the Reformed appropriation of church space.


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Bandnummer: 8

1. Auflage 2024, 384 Seiten, 17 x 24 cm, fadengeheftet,

Erscheinungstermin: 02. September 2024
ISBN: 978-3-7954-3829-6

This book shows how text decoration evolved into an innovative form of Reformed visual culture after iconoclasm, and was used to transform church spaces to accommodate Reformed worship. A story of continuity throughout the Reformation appears in the pre-Reformation roots of designs and spatial arrangements of displayed texts, beyond evident and major change. The work is based on a comprehensive inventory of text panels and text paintings installed in churches throughout the Dutch provinces between ca 1575–1800. A North Sea perspective presents text decoration as a universal Protestant phenomenon, which took different forms according to the liturgical and dogmatic requirements of denominations: from English Ten Commandments boards, and catechism altarpieces in churches in the Lutheran Danish Kingdom, to Lutheran text altarpieces that showcase the presence of Calvinism in northwest Germany.

  • Fundamental work on the use of scripture for the decoration and furnishing in Protestant churches.
  • Inventory of text use in Calvinist Churches in the Dutch provinces between ca 1575-1800

Jacolien Wubs

This book is the result of the author’s PhD research in Art history, completed at the University of Groningen in 2021. The project was partly carried out at the church art department of the University Museum of Bergen, Norway.

Reihe: (AAXRZ28)
Bandnummer: 8
Warengruppe: 1549
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage: 1 2024
Medium: Hardcover
Einbandart: fadengeheftet
Seitenzahl: 384
Format: 17 x 24 cm
Erscheinungsdatum: 02. September 2024
ISBN: 978-3-7954-3829-6
Verlag: Schnell & Steiner
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