Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, by Mollie

Today we commemorate these two wonderful artists. You can’t hit a museum in Europe without seeing some of Durer’s masterpieces and Cranach’s altarpiece at   St. Peter and Paul Church in Weimar, Germany, was one of the first pieces of art I took the time to study. It illustrated the cover of a book by Kurt Marquardt on the church growth movement. My pastor was leading us through the book for Bible Study and we probably spent a few weeks on the cover alone. I have treasured it ever since. For a wonderful exploration of just that piece, head on over to the beautiful Cyberbrethren site for a meditation. It’s a perfect way to spend Monday of Holy Week.


Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, by Mollie — 6 Comments

  1. The university gallery at Yale (I forget the name of it) has a great collection of Durer original prints. They are not always displayed in the public galleries but you may be able to view them if you make an appointment.

    I was able to view them a view years ago. It was a very hot, sticky day and I had walked several blocks to get there and I was sweating like a stuck pig. (I learned that saying as a kid in Iowa before I had even heard of Durer, let alone Refrmation art. I really don’t know what it means but it sounds like it fits here.) The hour I spent looking at the prints was spent continuously wiping my brow in fear that I would drip sweat on these precious works. That fear only made me sweat even more. I eventually left with the art unscathed.

    If you do a little checking around you can find original Durer’s for around 5k. These would be lesser known prints but original none the less. My own meager art collection includes an original print by Durer’s mentor that I got for about $150 in a gallery on the Rhine.

    Anybody care to start a discussion on whether or not Durer was a confessing Lutheran? I am of the opinion that despite his great support of the Reformation, he died before the Reformation was in full swing (pre Augsburg Confession) and so he really did not have to nor ever did make an up or down personal decision on whether or not he was a Lutheran.

    Did Veith offer an opinion on this on Issues?


  2. Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraska has a few nice samples of Albrecht Durer’s prints.

  3. For those on a budget, who can’t afford to buy original Reformation art…..
    I was most pleased to see the woodcut illustrations in the Paul T. McCain edited version of the Book of Concord.

    On sale for a mere $22 at CPH !

    What a nice incentive to crack open the Book of Concord and start reading the confessions! It’s definitely a motivator for me. 🙂

  4. TR, there were not two churches in Cranach”s day. (Nor are there today. come to think of it.) Did he believe the gospel and thank Luther for recovering it? Yes.

  5. Veith,

    Good point. (I think you meant Durer though. Cranach was clearly a confessing Lutheran.) In the end there is just one body of Christ.

    I guess I was just asking the parochial question about adherance to a specific confession.


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