Scripture for the Eyes: The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts
Add visual art to your Bach Festival experience.
This event is in partnership with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.
The emphasis on the text of Scripture at the expense of imagery promoted by the Reformation had a direct effect on the visual arts: throughout Protestant Europe, churches were whitewashed and any figural decoration was frowned upon. And yet the new medium of printmaking produced innovative religious imagery in large quantities, and sixteenth-century artists from countries that embraced the Reformation are some of the greatest visual interpreters of the Bible. This lecture will explore these two seemingly contradictory paths and how the arts reflected, interpreted, and reacted to Luther’s teachings.
Artist: Lucas Cranach the Younger and Workshop (German, Wittenberg 1515–1586 Wittenberg)
Date: ca. 1545–50
Medium: Oil on beech
Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (16.5 x 22.2 cm)