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Restrictions And Sensibilities, 1600–1630

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Catholic emblematics emerged in Antwerp after the city was captured by the Spanish in 1585, a development that left no imprint whatsoever on emblem books published in the North between 1600 and 1630. This chapter briefly outlines the Antwerp production of religious imagery before focusing on the practices that evolved in the Republic. The author argues that the lull in the production of Dutch picture Bibles coincided with a widely felt preference for the Word in the Republic around and directly after 1618. Catholic influences were, to be disguised and concealed, rather than openly displayed: hence Cats' alternative use of the secular image in the religious emblem, and Heyns' silence about his Catholic sources. The kind of Christian unity for which Teellinck strove could easily be realized, he concluded, if all of the Dutch accepted the one and only right - that is, Dutch Reformed - interpretation of God's Word.

Keywords: Antwerp (1600-1630); Catholic emblematics; Cats' alternative; Dutch Bible translation; Dutch Reformed; God's Word; Heyns' imagery; Protestant sensibilities



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