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Scientia Poetica

Jahrbuch für Geschichte der Literatur und Wissenschaften / Yearbook for the History of Literature, Humanities and Sciences

Ed. by Albrecht, Andrea / Danneberg, Lutz / Regn, Gerhard / Schmidt-Biggemann, Wilhelm / Vollhardt, Friedrich

Editorial Board: Mahlmann, Barbara / Epple, Moritz / Fick, Monika / Grafton, Anthony / Jaumann, Herbert / Klippel, Diethelm / Kühlmann, Wilhelm / Müller, Jan-Dirk / Nisbet, Hugh Barr / Proß, Wolfgang / Schönert, Jörg / Strohschneider, Peter

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Trinität, Gnadenstuhl und Henne

Zu Intermedialität und bildtheologischer Konzeption eines Meisterwerkes von Frans Floris

Johann Anselm Steiger
Published Online: 2013-12-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/scipo.2013.17.1.1


This article explores a painting (circa 1562) by the Antwerp artist, Frans Floris (1519/1520-1570). Special attention is given to Floris’s work with both the iconographic traditions and the theological impulses of the Reformation and how Floris takes the transconfessional imagery of the hen and her brood (Mt. 23:27) and gives it a genuine Lutheran interpretation. One finds compelling evidence for this Lutheran interpretation in the many biblical citations included in the painting. The intermediality of word and image is highly relevant in view of the early modern era’s visual theology, within which the image-filled word and the speaking images work together in fruitful cooperation.

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Published Online: 2013-12-18

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Scientia Poetica, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 1–26, ISSN (Online) 1868-9418, ISSN (Print) 1431-5041, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/scipo.2013.17.1.1.

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