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Annexation, 1725–1795

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The Protestant appropriation of Catholic love emblematics led to the development of idiosyncratic Protestant religious emblems, which thrived in a period when the popularity of the emblematic genre in general was in sharp decline. Protestants used this literary aid, previously a feature of another denomination's identity, to profile their own identity in a changing Dutch society. Another significant visual enhancement of the Protestant identity was the introduction of emblematic imagery in picture Bibles for children. The children's Bible, the Historische kinder-bybel, of Schriftuurlyke lusthof became an instant success after 1745. Before the 1780s and 1790s brought new developments, the ongoing expansion of Catholic visual practices in Protestant religious literature, and thus further annexation of the Catholic legacy by Protestants, manifested itself after 1725 in new emblematic subgenres that were even more idiosyncratically Protestant. Zaunslifer's work was used as a handbook for those who wanted to create theological emblems.

Keywords: Catholic love emblematics; Children's picture Bible; idiosyncratic Protestant religious emblem; Protestant annexation (1725-1795); Zaunslifer



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