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

Covered Cups from the Evangelical Reformed Denomination Emden
Illustration: © Johannes a Laso Library (JALB)
Statue of St. Laurentius
Illustration: © Historisches Museum Basel (HMB)
Allegory of the Naumburg Treaty of 1554
Illustration: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf)
Lutheran Communion Chalice
Illustration: © Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek (JALB)
Dismountable Communion Ware
Illustration: © Musée International de la Réforme (MIR Geneva)
Wooden Wine Decanter and Communion Cups
Illustration: © Bernisches Historisches Museum (BHM)
Zurich at the Time of the Reformation
Illustration: © Swiss National Museum (SNM)
Trunk With a Fragment of a Late Medieval Altar Picture
Altar Cloth from the Church of Zarnekow, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Illustration: © Pommersches Landesmuseum, Greifswald (Pommersches)
The Castle Chapel of Gottorf Castle
Illustration: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (Gottorf)