CRANACH, Lucas the Younger
(b. 1515, Wittenberg, d. 1586, Weimar)

Luther Preaching with the Pope in the Jaws of Hell

c. 1550
Engraving, 286 x 391 mm
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden

Lucas Cranach and his workshop, which included his sons, produced numerous images advocating Lutheranism. For instance, in the present print, Luther is juxtaposed to the Pope. In the centre of the image, Luther preaches from an elevated pulpit. To his left, a chaotic grouping of clerics, led by the Pope, is cast into the jaws of hell.

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