Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Peaster, Sarah Grafton Author's Email Address email@example.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 Keywords
- Dutch Golden Age
- Dutch painting
- Aert de Gelder
Date of Defense 2013-05-24 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe 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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