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

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)
Plate Representing the Whore of Babylon
Illustration: © Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva, Switzerland, photographer: Studio Sébert, Paris
Notebook of John the Constant with Sermon Notes in His Own Hand
Illustration: © Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (Coburg)
“Zwingli’s Weapons”
Illustration: © Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum)
Great Esther chest
Illustration: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf)
Head Piece of a Bed from the Luther Room at Veste Coburg
Illustration: © Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (Coburg)
Curiosity and Warning
Illustration: © Swiss National Museum (SNM)
Zurich’s Oldest Portrait Glass Pane
Illustration: © Swiss National Museum (SNM)
Trunk With a Fragment of a Late Medieval Altar Picture