The devil in monstrous form is sitting on an indulgence letter and holding a collection can in his right hand. His left foot is standing in a bucket of holy water. In his broad, open mouth a group of monks and nuns are dining. Zealous servants of hell fly with the pope and a monk bringing other guests to the lavish meal being prepared in the open fire on the monstrous devil’s back.


  • Title: Satire of Indulgence
  • Creator: Matthias Gerung
  • Date Created: before 1536
  • Physical Dimensions: 30.7 × 22.5 cm
  • Technique and Material: Colored Woodcut
  • Provenance: Old inventory, acquired prior to 1877
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: 601–24
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kupferstichkabinett/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Volker-H. Schneider; 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. 41 / Michael Roth
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1500 Nördlingen–1570 Lauingen an der Donau
  • Artist Biography: Based on parallels in the design of figures and space and numerous citations from the latter’s oeuvre, it has been assumed that Gerung trained with Hans Schäufelein in Nördlingen. The painter and draftsman Gerung, whose most important patron was Count Palatine Otto Henry of Neuburg, stood out in the 1540s for both Reformation and Counter-Reformation prints with borrowings from Dürer and Cranach.

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