Tour of Newberry Library Exhibit, Religious Change and Print: 1450-1700

The Newberry Library's exhibit Religious Change and Print: 1450-1700
is open through December 27, 2017. 

On November 17, 2017, eight people, including five CARA members, gathered for a guided tour of the Newberry Library's exhibit Religious Change and Print: 1450-1700which explores how religion and print challenged authority, upended society, and helped make the medieval world modern. Christopher Fletcher, Program Assistant for the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, was a wonderful guide, and offered knowledgeable and lively commentary on the various books, manuscripts, and artwork in the exhibit.

A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Germany around 1454.
Image courtesy the Newberry Library.

Tour participants gather around a case holding a first edition King James Bible
printed in 1611.

Christopher Fletcher points to texts used by early missionaries to the
Americas in the "Converted and Reconverted" section of the exhibit.

Christopher Fletcher explains the significance of a map showing
a battlefield from the Thirty Years War.

This alphabetical table for children from 1544 highlights how important literacy was for the
spread of religious reformation.
Image courtesy of the Newberry Library
This is an excellent exhibition, well worth seeing in person, but if you cannot make your way to the Newberry Library, you can still experience the materials via a digital exhibition on the Newberry website. Many thanks to Christopher Fletcher for sharing his expertise and enthusiasm during our tour.