Cranach’s Media of Temptation: Between Venus and Luther
Highlights of the Year
Between Venus and Luther: Cranach’s Media of Temptation
May 21, 2015 to May 22, 2016
Visited by Henning Høholt
NÛRNBERG/GERMANY: A top-class collection of the works of the Cranachs (father and son) can be found in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Many paintings are displayed in their cultural-historical context in the permanent exhibit. During the Luther Decade program of 2015 they will be the focus of an extensive series of special programs.
Tours and lectures will explain the Cranachs’ art in a target-group orientated manner and in its historical context. A new series of tours link art historians and theologians together to approach individual works of art as a team and to discuss the content of the image from their perspective. A custom audio-guide imparts new knowledge and historical information, allowing visitors to explore the time of the Reformation independent of scheduled guided tours and events.
Images played an important role in the spread of Lutheran teachings, in education within different denominations and during the reform of the Catholic Church which followed. Parallel to the spoken and written word, they served to explain old and new content in matters of faith. As a friend of Martin Luther and an artist of the Reformation, Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the most important and multifaceted artists of the German Renaissance.
Studio Exhibit of Prints and Drawings
A studio exhibit will show an additional 40 prints and drawings. They make clear how an artist can successfully blaze new trails in a time of changing concepts of religion and patronage of art by developing a wide spectrum of new subjects and visually stunning forms of expression. Through the relationship of Cranach and Luther, Early Modern art gains a new media significance, which remains until today.
Date: May 21, 2015 to May 22, 2016
Place: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
The Germanisches Nationalmuseum is the largest museum of cultural history within the German-speaking region and one of the most outstanding museums in the world. A voyage of discovery through modern German art and culture awaits you, from pre- and ancient history up until the present.
Since its founding in 1852 the Germanisches Nationalmuseum has advanced to one of the largest museums of culturalhistory in the German-speaking world.
A visit to this treasure chest is almost obligatory for any trip to Nuremberg. It offers ever new discoveries, even for those who come more often to stroll through cultural history, starting with the Pre- and Protohistory section and ranging all the way to the present. Particular highlights include works of Albrecht Dürer, Veit Stoß and Rembrandt, the earliest surviving terrestrial globe, the first pocket watch in the world as well as the largest collection of historical musical instrument in Europe.