Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Luther's artists during the revolutionary times of the Reformation

"Law and Grace (1529), one of the most influential allegories of the Reformation, which underscores Luther’s belief in faith as the path to salvation.
Five hundred years ago, a German minister took a stand that shook the foundations of Christianity and changed the world. Now the Minneapolis Art Institute has brought the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation to life through artworks and historical objects. As told in “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation,”  he used art and the newly invented printing press to spread a revolution of religious, cultural, and societal change. Chief among Luther's army of artists was Lucas Cranach the Elder whose printing house pumped out Luther's pamphlets, with pages designed by Cranach himself; and it was Cranach's press that issued Luther's German New Testament in 1522.
Lucas Cranach the Elder "Head of John the Baptist" c. 1530© Foundation Schloss Friedenstein Gotha

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