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Woodcut, “council of war during the Schmalkaldic war” (1546)
XVI century, council at Schmalkaldik war time (1546-1547), conflict between the forces of Emperor Charles V and the Lutheran Schmalkaldic League. The bucolic atmosphere in the illustration shouldn’t mislead: the Schmalkaldik war was a comparatively brief but rather bloody episode … Continued
woodcut “Luther and Hus sharing the Sacrament”
Woodcut “Luther und Hus das Abendmahl erteilend”, by Lukas Cranach (1472-1533). The Hus mentioned in the title is most likely Jan Hus, a Czech priest and reformer who died 68 jears before Luther’s birth. Thus the illustration is definitely to … Continued
Woodcut flyer from the Reformation Era
Woodcut flier from the Protestant Reformation time (XIV century), grotesquely depicting sinners being punished and swallowed by an unspecified monster. The prayer in ther caption is milder than the illustration (“intelligenti pauca”).