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Broadsheet for the Centenary of the Reformation

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Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

According to tradition, in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the state of the church and on the sale of indulgences to the door of the Schlosskirche (Palace church) in Wittenberg. This woodcut was published for the hundredth anniversary of that event. Here Luther is shown writing his theses on the door of the church. His colossal quill—whose offshoots other Reformers are grabbing—pierces the head of the lion, symbol of Leo X and knocks the pope’s tiara off his head.

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  • Title: Broadsheet for the Centenary of the Reformation
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1617
  • Physical Dimensions: 28.8 × 35.1 cm
  • Technique and Material: Woodcut
  • Provenance: Von Nagler Collection
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: 231–132
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kupferstichkabinett/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Dietmar Katz; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 35 / Michael Roth
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: unknown
  • Artist Biography: unknown

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