Frederick Crofts

PhD Student
My PhD thesis examines the roles of epistemic images within the visual and intellectual universe of confessionalisation period Germany (1555-1614).

Through the optic of the Calvinist, jurist, and Heidelberg church councillor Dr Marcus zum Lamm’s (1546-1606) understudied ‘visual encyclopaedia’, the Thesaurus Picturarum, my work seeks to revalue the epistemological plausibility of images among their Reformed consumers (in particular). Furthermore, this project aims toward a review of how a collection of epistemic pictures and texts can be viewed as a map by which the compiler’s self-fashioning, subjectivity, and ideological affinities can be read; with particular focus on the visualities they borrowed, produced, commissioned, appropriated, and re-appropriated.
Visual Culture

Epistemic images

Confessionalisation

Territorialisation

The Reformations

German nationhood

Ornithology

Meteorology

Astrology

Late Humanism

Calvinism

Networks of Knowledge

Microhistory

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fgc29@cam.ac.uk
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