Princes and Propaganda: Electoral Saxon Art of the Reformation

Carl C. Christensen

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This book shows how the German territorial rulers used visual imagery to further their personal causes and beliefs.  (SCE&S 20)

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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 20

Recent years have seen an interest in German visual imagery of the sixteenth century studied in relation to its social, religious, and political context. This book shows how the German territorial rulers used visual imagery to further their personal causes and beliefs. The illustrations of the book are placed so they add to the argument being made by the author. Some of the most famous print makers of the sixteenth century such as Dürer and Burgkmaier were employed by protestant princes to advance the protestant cause.

Contents

List of Illustrations and Photos
Preface
1: Princes and Propaganda Art: Why Saxony?2: From Image to Word: Ernestine Art under Frederick and John
Traditional Images
The Beginnings of a Reformed Iconography
3: Retrospective Elector Portraits as Reformation Propaganda
Oil Paintings of the 1530s
Bible and Book Illustrations
4: Propaganda Art of the Schmalkaldic War and Interim Period
Dress Rehearsal for War
The Catastrophe of Muhlberg
Controversy over the Interim
5: Saxon Electors in Art of the Late Reformation
John Frederick - Portrait of a Wounded Hero
Sacraments in the Service of Propaganda
6: The Propaganda Message
Appendix A: Inscriptions to Matching Panel Portraits of the Electors, 1532
Appendix B: The Pommersfelden "Baptism of Christ" Painting
Bibliography and List of Abbreviations
Photographic Credits

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