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The Bible in Pictures

Illustrations From The Workshop Of Lucas Cranach (1534)

written by Stephan Fussel

Taschen | ISBN 9783836518147

Hardback – 200 pages

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This title features 117 images that triggered a religious revolution. Published in 1534, Martin Luther's Bible was the first complete German Bible, and a pivotal event in the history of Christianity. Luther's revolutionary translation, modern in interpretation and vernacular style, made the Bible accessible to laypeople, fuelled anger toward Rome and the Papacy, and begat Protestantism. These 117 hand-coloured woodcut illustrations created in the workshop of Lucas Cranach are often graphic and politically-charged (such as those depicting the Whore of Babylon riding a seven-headed beast while wearing the Papal crown, or the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse led by a Turkish soldier). Each is meticulously reproduced from a rare and sumptuous original copy, belonging to the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar. Stephan Fussel provides a scholarly overview of Luther's life, the historic context and cultural significance of his Bible, and detailed descriptions of the illustrations and their iconography.

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