Divine Diagrams: The Manuscripts and Drawings of Paul Lautensack (1477/78-1558) (Library of the Written Word #34) (Hardcover)
After the Reformation the successful painter Paul Lautensack (1477/78-1558) dedicated himself to spreading revelations on the nature of God. Lautensack was besides D rer the only German artist who wrote against the iconoclasts, and he believed that he as a painter could explain the images of Revelation better than theologians like Luther. He presented his insights in hundreds of highly sophisticated diagrams that display a wide range of material accessible to an urban craftsman, from the vernacular Bible to calendar illustrations. This study is the first monograph on this extraordinary man, it presents a corpus of his surviving works, analyzes his peculiar theology of the image and locates the elements of his diagrams in the visual world of the Reformation period.
Berthold Kress, Ph. D. (2007) in History of Art, University of Cambridge, is Academic Assistant at the Photographic Collection of the Warburg Institute (London). He has published on Art and the Reformation and the Iconography of the Book of Daniel.