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

Monkeys Attacking the Symbols of the Catholic Church
Illustration: © Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon)
Ex-dono of Christoph von Carlowitz to Philipp Melanchthon
Illustration: © Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon (BM Lyon)
Notebook of John the Constant with Sermon Notes in His Own Hand
Illustration: © Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (Coburg)
Handwritten Letter from Martin Luther to the Mayor and City Council of Coburg
Illustration: © Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (Coburg)
A Handwritten Trace of the Hebrew Teacher of Zwingli
Illustration: © Swiss National Museum (SNM)
Allegory of the Naumburg Treaty of 1554
Illustration: © Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf (Gottorf)
Lutheran Communion Chalice
Illustration: © Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek (JALB)
“Zwingli’s Weapons”
Illustration: © Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum)
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)
Clergymen as Wolves
Illustration: © Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Zentralbibliothek, Bern (UB ZB Bern)
Hypocritical Monk as Wolf
Illustration: © Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Zentralbibliothek (UB ZB Bern)