Martin Luther: the Face of the Reformation

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Digital Project

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Fall 2021

Department 1



Gettysburg College owns a portrait of Martin Luther, dated 1547 and signed with the insignia of the Cranach workshop. Having only arrived to the College in 1981, this artwork has not received the attention it deserves. I show for the first time how this work compares favorably to others like it in Germany and Poland, dubbed here as the “Fur Coat Series.”

This website seeks to teach about and analyze the portrait to highlight its importance and excellent quality, and reconsider the portrait’s attribution to the Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Younger. You will also learn about Martin Luther, his portraits, and the Cranach workshop, and the roles they played in the Reformation.


Created for ARTH 460: Independent Study in Art and Art History

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