Join Dr. Erwin as he walks learners through the artwork of Cranach capturing his friend, Martin Luther during the years of the Reformation.
Lucas Cranach (1472–1553) is today acknowledged as one of the great painters of the Northern Renaissance, the creator of a large number of remarkable paintings in a distinctive, highly recognizable style. He was also responsible for the iconic series of images of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483–1546), his friend and contemporary who had also settled in the small north German city of Wittenberg. His images of Luther and friends provide the definitive pictorial chronicle of the reformer’s life, from the time he first burst on to the public stage, and into old age. All of the many books that celebrate Luther in this run-up to the 500th anniversary in 2017 of the publishing of his 95 Theses will draw on Cranach for their image of there former. (Pettegree, Andrew. The Art that Built Martin Luther’s Brand. Apollo Magazine, October 15, 2016.)
This is a free event open to anyone interested in learning and engaging with the artwork.
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