PICTURES WITHOUT WORDS

I recently attended an outstanding conference at Gordon College on the upcoming celebration of the fifth centennial of the Reformation in 2017 – the half millennium.

I’m not going to summarize the Gordon event here, but a project occurred to me, or rather a challenge. Suppose you had to describe an event like that, but more or less entirely in visual imagery, rather than text. And preferably, all contemporary images. Remember Francis of Assisi’s words: preach constantly, and if necessary, use words?

You know, it would be possible. To illustrate the old religious world, I suppose I would start with something like the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1494, or the prints of Albrecht Dürer.

 

The Reformation itself offers a trove of images, not just paintings and prints, but cartoons of all kinds.

And oh my, civility was not a prominent feature of these depictions!

 

 

 

The great virtue of such a visual approach is that a gives a better sense of the ideas and passions of the time than most written works ever could. They also supply a huge amount of social history in passing.

I’ve offered a couple of suggestions for images here, but literally, the possibilities run into the thousands.

Performing the City
Sporadic Charismatic
Of Bill Hamblin, History and the Book of Mormon
Debating Ancient Book of Mormon Fantasies

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