"Drink and Eat, But Do Not Forget Your God": Digesting Propaganda During the Dutch Revolt
AuthorSchmidt, Kristen Buchanan
AdvisorCuneo, Pia F.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this thesis is to address four roundel engravings created by Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) as ornament prints for the interior of metalwork drinking vessels: The Captain of Wisdom, The Captain of Folly, Pride and Folly, and Charity. The literature on these engravings is sparse, and this paper seeks to situate them in their visual context, as well as settle the question of whether they were marketed as a distinct set of prints, which includes a determination of their date of execution. To do so, I analyze the densely-packed imagery and text in terms of their biblical and classical sources and how they relate to the confessional divide and contemporary politics during the Dutch Revolt (1568-1648). In addition, I argue that the potency of the images—as didactic material and as Protestant propaganda—is amplified by their function as designs for domestic objects, by their intended audience’s sophisticated visual literacy, and by their association with one another as constituents of a coherent set.
Degree ProgramGraduate College