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

Huldrych Zwingli [P332]
Illustration: © Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie (EMA Bretten)
Medal of John Knox
Illustration: © British Museum (BM)
L’abrégé du faux clergé romain
Illustration: © Musée international de la Réforme (MIR)
Dismountable Communion Ware
Illustration: © Musée International de la Réforme (MIR Geneva)
Retreat from Meaux: Fourth Scene
Illustration: © Musée des Suisses dans le Monde (Penthes)
Jean Calvin [P62]
Illustration: © Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie (EMA Bretten)
Jean Calvin [P59]
Illustration: © Europäische Melanchthon-Akademie (EMA Bretten)
King David’s Psalms
Illustration: © Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon)
Retreat from Meaux: First Scene
Illustration: © Musée des Suisses dans le Monde, Pregny-Chambésy (Penthes)
Retreat from Meaux: Second Scene
Illustration: © Musée des Suisses dans le Monde, Pregny-Chambésy (Penthes)
Retreat from Meaux: Third Scene
Illustration: © Musée des Suisses dans le Monde (Penthes)
Luther entering Hell and Calvin entering Hell
Illustration: © Musée international de la Réforme (MIR Geneva)
Great Esther chest
Illustration: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf)
The Elector Frederick’s Dream
Illustration: © Museum Catharijneconvent (Catharijneconvent)
Peace Urging the Churches to be Tolerant
Illustration: © Museum Catharijneconvent (Catharijneconvent)
The Candle is Lighted
Illustration: © Museum Catharijneconvent (Catharijneconvent)