In this lavishly illustrated book, David Morgan surveys the visual culture that shaped American Protestantism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries--a vast record of images in illustrated bibles, Christian almanacs, children's literature, popular religious books, charts, broadsides, Sunday school cards, illuminated devotional items, tracts, chromos, and engravings. His purpose is to explain the rise of these images, their appearance and subject matter, how they were understood by believers, the uses to which they were put, and what their relation was to technological innovations, commerce, and the cultural politics of Protestantism. His overarching argument is that the role of images in American Protestantism greatly expanded and developed during this period.The aquot;picture storyaquot; the children requested of their mother became the occasion for domestic bonding and intimacy, which imprinted deeply ... as a popular visual culture, the portrait format hegan to service the domestic piety of the nineteenth- century Christian home. ... The gaze of Jesus or Mary that followed family members about the domestic interior provided a constant sense of presence and made the.
|Title||:||Protestants and Pictures : Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Mass Production|
|Author||:||David Morgan Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art Valparaiso University|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 1999-07-30|