Art in Dispute. Catholic Debates at the Time of Trent

09 November 2021

The Catholic Church answered Reformation-era contestations of the cult of images in a famous decree of the Council of Trent (1563). This publication revisits this response by focusing on its antecedents rather than its consequences.

The mid-sixteenth century saw, besides new scholarship on Byzantine doctrines, heated debates about neo-scholastic interpretations. Disagreement, suppressed at Trent but re-emerging soon afterwards, centered on the question whether religious images were solely signs referring to holy subjects or also sacred objects in their own right. It was a debate with major implications for art theory and devotional practice.

Brill’s Studies on Art, Art History, and Intellectual History 59
Author: Wietse de Boer 

With an edition and translation of key documents

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