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Paintings in Stratford
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0702  Thursday, 18 October 2007

From:		David Evett <
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Date:		Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 15:34:25 -0400
Subject: 18.0698 Paintings in Stratford
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0698 Paintings in Stratford

Further to Peter Bridgman's list of religious images plausibly available 
to Shakespeare in his lifetime, it should be noted that despite radical 
Protestant iconoclasm, many more or less religious books of a distinctly 
Protestant character were illustrated, from various editions of the 
Geneva and other Bibles and John Day's psalter through Spenser's 
*Shepheardes Calender* and Foxe's *Actes and Monuments*. Religious 
tapestries, embroideries, mantelpieces, decorated furniture, panel 
paintings, and painted walls and windows in many private houses would 
have survived the iconoclasts' fervor; those buildings might also 
contain illuminated breviaries and books of hours or illustrated books 
from the period before the Reformation and Continental books and prints 
after it.

David Evett

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