Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Art - 418 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

religious revival
19
erotic Mariology and the cult of friendship
61
gender moralization and allegory
99
Romantic subjectivity and Catholic dogma
149
history lessons and popular culture
203
avantgarde antiJudaism
253
Conclusion
303
Notes
321
Bibliography
369
Index
397
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Professor Cordula Grewe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, USA.

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