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Iconoclasm - Madness or the Will of God?
Exhibition in the Berne Historical Museum 2nd November 2000 to 16th April 2001

exhibition catalogue
Bildersturm - Wahnsinn oder Gottes Wille
hgg. CÚcile Dupeux, Peter Jezler und Jean Wirth
in cooperation with Gabriele Keck, Christian von Burg, Susanne Marti
Berne, 2000, NZZ Verlag, illustrated in colour, 453 pages inclusive glossary, bibliography
text in german, ISBN 38 582 3853 8

press release:
During the 1520s, the Reformation split western Europe into two camps. The Catholics stuck doggedly to the traditional cult of religious pictures and icons, the Reformers were totally opposed. The "iconoclasm" exhibition brings together more than 300 sacred and cult objects from Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Fance, and the Netherlands.
Spread over 1'500 square meters, the exhibiton shows the situation of the Church towards the end of the Middle Ages, brought to life with spectacular scenes depicting the head-on collision between the medieval piety towards religious objects and the strict adherence to the Bible advocated by the Reformers.
The centre piece of the exhibition is the unique Berne sculpture find, discovered 14 years ago and now presented to the public for the first time in its entirety.

A.W:
Embroidered church textiles are exhibited as well. In the book they are published on
p.150-175 in chapter 11 - Objects of Cult - by Susanne Marti.

The autor describes a cope, a chasuable, 2 dalmatics and 7 fragments of a cope. The vestments (Inv. 307) were commissioned by bishop Aymon de Montfalcon (reigned 1491-1517) of the cathedral of Lausanne. In the inventary made in 1536 when the bernese confiscated the church treasure, 2 copes, a casuable, 2 dalmatics are enumerated. The fabric was woven in Florence, the embroideries are flemish.
The fragments (Inv. 308) who show the 7 sacraments were designed after motives of Rogier van der Weyden (1463-1478). Donator of the cope was Jacob of Savoy, count of Romont.
The autor gives a iconographical descriptions. Textiles and their techniques are not analysed and there are no comparisons to other similar works of religious textile art.


Dalmatic with coat of arms of bishop Aymon de Montfalcon, around 1500, flemish
Berne, Historical Museum Inv. 40

Cope with coat of arms of bishop Aymon de Montfalcon, around 1500, flemish
Berne, Historical Museum Inv. 307
 
2 Details of the Cope:

- the triumphant Church
- children that died without baptism

 

- Chasuable with coat of arms of bishop Aymon de Montfalcon, around 1500, flemish
Berne, Historical Museum Inv. 39

- Detail with Scene of the life of Mary: immaculate conception

 

 

7 Fragments of Cope
after motives of
Rogier von der Weyden with 7 sacrements between 1463-1478

Coat of arms of Jacob of Savoy, count of Romont,
Berne, Inv. 308


- the sacrifice of the mass
- baptism

 

confirmation


marriage

death

see also - Newsletter 15, 2001
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