The Problem of Images in Northern Europe and Its Repercussions in the Netherlands

Freedberg, David A.

Underlying this paper is the assumption that no study of the art of the sixteenth century in the Netherlands can be complete without an assessment of the effects on art of both iconoclasm and the Reformation debate about images. While the first problem as much exercised political and social historians, and the second has been studied n some detail by theological historians, their significance for the history of art has been almost entirely overlooked.

The present paper, therefore, will be concerned to show that this neglect has not been justified. It will attempt to summarize - in the very briefest fashion - the effects of first the Protestant and then the official Catholic contributions to the discussion about images and their validity.

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Hafnia: Copenhagen Papers in the History of Art

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Art History and Archaeology
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April 6, 2010