A Magnificent Faith: Writing the History of Lutheran Art - The Courtauld Institute of Art

A Magnificent Faith: Writing the History of Lutheran Art

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A Magnificent Faith: Writing the History of Lutheran Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Schwarzenberg, Georgenkirche, 1690-99 (Photo: Jürgen Leonhardt)

Speakers include

  • Dr Bridget Heal: School of History, University of St Andrews

Organised by

  • Dr Alixe Bovey: Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Open to all, free admission

with advance booking required

This lecture will ask how and why Lutheranism – a confession that insisted upon the pre-eminence of God’s Word – became a visually magnificent faith, a faith whose adherents sought to capture Christians’ hearts and minds through seeing as well as through hearing. It will explore the legacy of Martin Luther’s Wittenberg Reformation and the development of a theologically grounded aesthetic, and will consider the ways in which images were used to articulate Lutheran identity into the eighteenth century

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