Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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After a century of Rationalist scepticism and political upheaval, the nineteenth century awakened to a fierce battle between the forces of secularization and the crusaders of a Christian revival. From this battlefield arose an art movement that would become the torchbearer of a new religious art: Nazarenism. From its inception in the Lukasbund of 1809, this art was controversial. It nonetheless succeeded in becoming a lingua franca in religious circles throughout Europe, America, and the world at large. This is the first major study of the evolution, structure, and conceptual complexity of this archetypically nineteenth-century language of belief and provides a rich account of the theory and practice of religious representation in nineteenth-century art.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The great code of art: religious revival and the rebirth of pictorial meaningp. 19
Sulamith and Maria: erotic Mariology and the cult of friendshipp. 61
Pietas and Vanitas: gender, moralization and allegoryp. 99
The Seven Sacraments: Romantic subjectivity and Catholic dogmap. 149
The Bible in Pictures: history lessons and popular culturep. 203
A family tree of German art: avant-garde, anti-Judaism and artistic identityp. 253
Conclusionp. 303
Notesp. 321
Bibliographyp. 369
Indexp. 397
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