Woodcut, “council of war during the Schmalkaldic war” (1546) - Vintage Nostalgia
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

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Flyer, “The seven heads of Martin Luther” - Vintage Nostalgia
Flyer, “The seven heads of Martin Luther”

The 7 heads of Martin Luther are captioned, left to right “Doctor, Martin, Luther, Ecclesiast, Vagabond, Pfister (Backer?), Barabbas”. The satire purportedly hiding behind these words looks rather cryptic.

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woodcut “Luther and Hus sharing the Sacrament” - Vintage Nostalgia
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

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Woodcut, “true and false absolution from sins” - Vintage Nostalgia
Woodcut, “true and false absolution from sins”

Woodcut by Hans Holbein (1497-1543), “Die wahre und die falsche Vergebung der Suenden”, against the catholic practice of indulgence.

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Woodcut flyer from the Reformation Era - Vintage Nostalgia
Woodcut flyer from the Reformation Era

Woodcut flyer from the Protestant Reformation time (XV century) against the catholic practice of indulgence, as they were often distributed during the Reformation.

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Woodcut flyer from the Reformation Era - Vintage Nostalgia
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”).

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