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

Allegory of the Naumburg Treaty of 1554
Illustration: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf)
Luther entering Hell and Calvin entering Hell
Illustration: © Musée international de la Réforme (MIR Geneva)
Dives and Lazarus as a Satire on the Catholic Church
Illustration: © British Museum (BM)
Martin Luther on His Deathbed
Illustration: © British Museum (BM)
De Tristibus Galliae
Illustration: © Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon)
The First Creation
Illustration: © Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (MICR)
Noah
Illustration: © Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (MICR)
Symbolic and Chronological Diagram of a Few of the Prophecies in Scripture, by a Swiss Christian
Illustration: © Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (MICR)
Symbolic and Chronological Diagram of a Few of the Prophecies in Scripture
Illustration: © Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (MICR)
Haycart
Illustration: © Museum Catharijneconvent (Catharijneconvent)
Monk and Nun Making Love, Pope Peeping
Illustration: © Museum Catharijneconvent (Catharijneconvent) Description
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)
Head Piece of a Bed from the Luther Room at Veste Coburg
Illustration: © Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (Coburg)
Portrait of Martin Luther
Illustration: © Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (Coburg)