British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship awarded to Dr Bridget Heal

Bridget, LutherDr Bridget Heal has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for her project on ‘Lutheran Visual Culture during the Age of the Renaissance and Baroque.’ The project asks how and why German Lutheranism – a confession that of course derived its significance from the promulgation of the Word – came to value images so highly. The research covers the period from the mid-sixteenth century, an era of intense doctrinal debate following Luther’s death, to the mid-eighteenth century. By then the role of images in Lutheran religious culture had been affirmed by the construction of splendid monuments such as Dresden’s Frauenkirche (right). The project seeks to illuminate the ways in which religious identity was constituted and expressed during the early modern period, and to draw attention to the blending and cross-fertilization of religious traditions that the study of religious leaders and institutions tends to obscure.


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