The King's Bedpost: Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait

The King s Bedpost Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait The King s Bedpost is a lavishly illustrated detective story about a painting Edward VI and the Pope is an important visual allegory of the Reformation but when and why was it painted Following up a s

  • Title: The King's Bedpost: Reformation and Iconography in a Tudor Group Portrait
  • Author: Margaret Aston
  • ISBN: 9780521484572
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • The King s Bedpost is a lavishly illustrated detective story about a painting Edward VI and the Pope is an important visual allegory of the Reformation but when and why was it painted Following up a sequence of clues to answer these questions, the author embarks on a fascinating and unusual voyage of historical exploration that takes the reader into book illustration anThe King s Bedpost is a lavishly illustrated detective story about a painting Edward VI and the Pope is an important visual allegory of the Reformation but when and why was it painted Following up a sequence of clues to answer these questions, the author embarks on a fascinating and unusual voyage of historical exploration that takes the reader into book illustration and scriptural iconography, Tudor religion and politics, anti papal propaganda and iconoclastic manoeuvres The discovery of some previously unrecognized pictorial sources conclusively re dates the painting, and opens a wide ranging discussion of art and image making under Edward VI and Elizabeth I which moves between England and the Netherlands, linking the image breaking movements of the two areas Iconoclasm, and its effect on artists, is a theme which bears directly on the picture and its sources A large cast of characters joins the Tudor monarchs as the tale unfolds Mary, Queen of Scots the dukes of Norfolk and their repeating tragedy John Foxe and his book of martyrs the Dutch humanist Hadrianus Junius Maarten van Heemskerck, and several artists who migrated to England from the Netherlands The painting ultimately becomes the key to a series of hitherto locked doors.

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