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p. 935. Culturelocked

  • Peter Marshall


‘Culture’ explores the cultural effect of the Reformation. Luther saw the didactic and decorative purpose of art in churches and Bibles, whilst Calvin and Zwingli were iconoclastic, purging imagery from worship. The Catholic Reformation reaffirmed the value of salvific imagery in churches, mission and confessional militancy. Protestant restriction of religious imagery redirected artistic production toward portraiture, landscape and history painting, slowly separating art from religion. Reformation hymns and metrical psalms introduced congregational singing, and Catholic masses became more ornate. The Reformation shaped popular culture in many ways. Protestantism was a spur to literacy and literature, and the theatre developed from its original use as an instructional format.

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