Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 | Newberry

Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700

Woodblock illustration from Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis, ca. 1470.

Thursday, September 14, 2017Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Open to the Public

Now open! Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition.

Featuring over 150 objects from the Newberry’s collection, Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 views the Reformation through the eyes of the people—clergy and laity, rebels and regulators, preachers and teachers—who experienced the social, cultural, and political transformations it thrust into their lives.

As battles for individuals’ souls played out across Europe and the Americas, the need to connect with audiences inspired innovations in writing, printing, and publishing. Early adopters of print used the medium to extend the Roman Catholic Church’s influence—or bypass it altogether. In the process, the intertwining of religion and print led to realignments of power that even revolutionaries had trouble keeping up with.

View the digital version of Religious Change and Print.

Guided Public Tours

Guided public tours of this exhibition are free and open to the public, and do not require advance registration. Tours will meet in the Newberry lobby and then proceed into the galleries.

  • Saturday, September 30, 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, October 18, 6 pm
  • Thursday, November 30, 6 pm

If you are interested in scheduling a private group tour, please contact Christopher Fletcher at or (312) 255-3514.

This exhibition is part of Religious Change, 1450 - 1700, a multidisciplinary project exploring how religion and print made the medieval world modern. The project is generously supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public