Peasants, Warriors, and Wives: Popular Imagery in the Reformation

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 22, 1989 - Art - 165 pages
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In Peasants, Warriors, and Wives, Keith Moxey examines woodcut images from the German Reformation that have often been ignored as a crude and inferior form of artistic production. In this richly illustrated study, Moxey argues that while they may not satisfy received notions of "art," they nevertheless constitute an important dimension of the visual culture of the period. Far from being manifestations of universal public opinion, as a cursory acquaintance with their subject matter might suggest, such prints were the means by which the reformed attitudes of the middle and upper classes were disseminated to a broad popular audience.
 

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Contents

Woodcuts and Broadsheets
19
Festive Peasants and Social Order
35
Mercenary Warriors and the Rod of God
67
The Battle of the Sexes and the World Upside Down
101
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Keith Moxey is the Anne Whitney Olin Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University.

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