Discovering the Hidden History of Lucas Cranach the Younger

Saturday, 31 Oct 2015

Church historians have documented 1517, the year Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses, as a starting point of the Reformation and chronicled in depth his public persona and private life. But in depicting Reformation-era personalities and politics, they seemed to have overlooked the important role played by the Cranach family. The earlier creation of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1436 spearheaded the dawning of a new media era that enabled the Cranach workshop to mass produce flysheets advancing Reformation ideas that were written in German and illustrated with woodcuts and pictures. As part of the Luther Decade (2008’2017) ...

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