The Art of Reformation

While the press distributed Luther’s words to the four corners of Europe, his friend and neighbor Lucas Cranach promoted Luther’s image. Above are portraits of Martin Luther and his wife Kathrina von Bora, portrayed by Cranach as the model of the evangelical pastor and pastor’s wife.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora. Wittenberg, 1529. Oil on panel. Foundation Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha.