Title page for ETD etd-06132013-151305

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Peaster, Sarah Grafton
Author's Email Address sgpeaster@gmail.com
URN etd-06132013-151305
Title A Calvinist View of Visual Art in Seventeenth-Century Holland: The Iconography of Esther in Post-Reformation Dutch Painting
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Zucker, Mark Committee Chair
Cellucci, Vincent Committee Member
Kooi, Christine Committee Member
  • Dutch Golden Age
  • Esther
  • Reformation
  • Dutch painting
  • Rembrandt
  • Aert de Gelder
  • Calvinism
Date of Defense 2013-05-24
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The Book of Esther, found in the Old Testament, has been represented in a variety of ways throughout history. In a sweeping tale of love, honor, and sacrifice, the Jewish maiden queen, Esther, is a heroine to the oppressed. Dutch Protestants

in the Golden Age felt a kinship to this subject, particularly after the Protestant Reformation and the new religious freedom gained in Holland during the sixteenth century, which continued in the seventeenth century. These men and women saw many parallels between Estherís experience and their own, both as the covenant people of God and as the remnant preserved by Godís care. By looking at the history of the Protestant Reformation, the religious climate of Holland, and a number of representations of the Book of Esther, this paper aims to explore the connection

between Dutch Protestantism and the Old Testament Jews, the importance of the Book of Esther for Dutch Protestants in the seventeenth century, and the way in which artists represented Esther in Post-Reformation Holland.

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