Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion

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In an era of intense religious conflict in Europe and ongoing exploration of the lands beyond Europe, Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde (1723-37) set a new agenda for thinking about faith and provided a lasting visual template for representing the world's religions. In the work's seven massive volumes, Jean Frederic Bernard and the renowned engraver Bernard Picart invited readers to view religions and their institutions as cultural practices.
Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion approaches this much-cited but little-studied work from a variety of angles. Its fifteen scholarly essays examine Bernard and Picart's authorial and artistic strategies, the handling of religious difference in Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses, and the cultural context that fostered the creation of one of the most influential works of comparative religion ever published."
Publication Date: 
February 1, 2010