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The idol in the age of art; objects, devotions and the early modern world.


The idol in the age of art; objects, devotions and the early modern world.

Ed. by Michael W. Cole and Rebecca Zorach et al.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


356 pages



St Andrews studies in Reformation history


From 1400 to 1800, say Cole and Zorach, the idea of idolatry and its danger was more palpable in the West than perhaps any other period of history, fueled by contacts with non-European cultures and bitter inter-confessional wars at home. Art historians explore some manifestations of the phenomenon, such as reforming idols and viewing history in Pieter Saenredam's Perspectives, the Golden Calf in America, iconoclasm by water in the Reformation world, idolatry and Western-inspired painting in Japan, creaturely invented letters and dead Chinese idols, Mariolatry in post-Reformation Germany, and the printed image in Europe about 1500.

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