Rare Reformation Relics

ArtRefo’s virtual exhibition presents ‘Rare Reformation Relics’ – images and objects from the collections of museums across Europe that testify to the richness and variety of the visual and material culture of the Reformation era. Portraits and visual satires from both Lutheran and Reformed contexts are juxtaposed with objects as diverse as enamel plates, liturgical textiles and communion vessels.

We hope that this selection will encourage viewers to contemplate the emergence and persistence of a rich tradition of images and objects inspired by the theology and piety of the protestant Reformation and the following periods. We also hope that the exhibition will be used for educational purposes and that viewers are encouraged to visit the museums from which the objects have been drawn.

Simona Sala, Geneva and Bridget Heal, St. Andrews

Hebrew Dictionary
Illustration: © Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon)
New Canticle Containing the Discourse of the Lyon War and of the Assistance God has Granted his Church…
Illustration: © Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon)
Covered Cups from the Evangelical Reformed Denomination Emden
Illustration: © Johannes a Laso Library (JALB)
Double Goblet, so-called “Lutherpokal”. Gift from John the Constant, Elector of Saxony (1468-1532) to Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Illustration: © Historisches Museum Basel (HMB)
Donation Can of the “Fremdlingen Armen” Deaconry
Illustration: © Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek (JALB)
Statue of St. Laurentius
Illustration: © Historisches Museum Basel (HMB)
Johannes Bugenhagen
Illustration: © Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie, Bretten (EMA Bretten)
Medal of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon
Illustration: © British Museum (BM)
Martin Luther (1483-1546), D M Luther an einen guten freund
Illustration: © Musée International de la Réforme (MIR Geneva)
Satirical Medal
Illustration: © Musée international de la Réforme (MIR Geneva)
Letter from Lady Jane Gray to Heinrich Bullinger
Illustration: © Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB Zürich)
English Bible Printed in Zürich
Illustration: © Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB Zürich)
The True Insurgents
Illustration: © Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB Zürich)
Portrait of Ulrich Zwingli
Plate Representing the Whore of Babylon
Illustration: © Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva, Switzerland, photographer: Studio Sébert, Paris
“Halbtalerklippe” (untrimmed coin) of the City of Strasbourg for the Centenary of the Reformation
Illustration: © Historisches Museum Basel (HMB)