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Luckily, the question is about art history (rather than history in
general): and there, the pivotal moment is surely the dissolution/s,
with the taking down of shrines a close-run second. Although Protestant
approaches to art/iconoclasm didn't happen then, if there was any moment
when the entire great industry of medieval great church making came
undone overnight, it was that one. 

Jon 

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Jon Cannon wrote:
> Chris Crockett wrote: 'there is no such Pivital Moment in the History
> of Art.'
>
> There is in England. It's called the Reformation. And as far as I'm
> concerned if we're going for 'the Renaissance started on January 10
> 1409'-type exercises (I honestly read that sentence, or something very
> close to it, in a textbook as an undergrad), that's where 'medieval'
> ends - not 1485.

Yes, but when do you date the Reformation in England?  The break with
Rome? 
The Dissolution of the Monasteries?  Or the Protestant Prayer Book?
Bearing 
in mind that the 1549 BCP wasn't regarded as particularly Protestant...

The Official Roman Catholic line is that it was 1558 - which is absurd
on 
any number of levels.  And if it is supposed to be the death of Cardinal

Pole, the height of hypocrisy - seeing that the Pope had secretly 
stigmatised him as a heretic.

John Briggs 

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