Without the work of Lucas Cranach the Elder, it is possible that we may never have known what Martin Luther looked like.

He became known as the “Reformation Painter.” Cranach lived and worked in Wittenberg at the same time as Luther. He was a supporter of the Protestant Reformation, not just because he painted people of the Reformation, but because he used his art as theology. Modern-day art historians say that Cranach showed how faith alone was the way to salvation, positioning ordinary people in everyday settings, often close to Christ, and banishing saints and noblemen to the background.

I hope to visit the Cranach Courtyards in Wittenberg. I have heard that it has a fascinating exhibition and a historical print shop.

The Man Who Painted Luther

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