Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 37
This volume presents a detailed survey of the art, furnishings, and architecture of Netherlandish churches at the time of the Reformation. Bangs summarizes the general history of the 1566 iconoclasm and the longer, ongoing process by which the churches attained their present appearance. The pre-Reformation church architecture of the Low Countries is examined according to its regional and structural varieties and the identifiable works of known architects.
A Note on Usage
Part One: Destruction
Chapter 1: Iconoclasm, Wars, and Neglect
Chapter 2: Changes in Leiden's Pieterskerek
Part Two: Inside the Churches
Chapter 3: Fonts
Chapter 4: Pulpits
Chapter 5: Choir Screens
Chapter 6: Choir Stalls
Chapter 7: Organ Cases
Chapter 8: Altars, Sculptured Altarpieces, and Tabernacles
Chapter 9: Paintings
Chapter 10: Stained Glass
Chapter 11: Textiles
Chapter 13: Sacred and Ritualistic Articles for the Mass
Part Three: Medieval and Renaissance Churches and Gothic Design
Chapter 14: Church Buildings
Chapter 15: The Significance of Netherlandish Gothic and Renaissance Design
Bangs remains a truly careful antiquarian,...so this book, both as text and photographic archive, will remain a vital resource for all subsequent scholars who wish to pursue more interpretive and synthetic studies of Dutch religious art.
—Sixteenth Century Journal
Bangs’s book aims to recreate what the churches in the Low Countries looked like before they were stripped of their art during the Reformation.... The book’s utility lies in its offering the only complete survey of Catholic church furnishings in Dutch churches.
—The Catholic Historical Review
Bangs’s study provides a much-needed introduction to the furnishing of Netherlandish churches—to those objects that significantly determined the character and use of religious space in the decades before the iconoclastic riots.... Its ambitious scope makes this survey a significant contribution, particularly given the lack of comparable literature: it is one of the few publications in English on sixteenth-century Netherlandish architecture and its appointments, and the only introduction to the subject in any language. The bibliography of more specialized studies, mostly in Dutch, is also quite helpful.
—Historians of Netherlandish Art Newsletter
Hundreds of black-and-white photos throughout detail early church interiors and exteriors, while discussions contrast and compare church art and religious holdings. The extensive research which has resulted in such a study is evident in pages of in-depth description and history.