The Schneeberg Altarpiece: Image, Altar, and Worship in the Reformation
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As both image and object, no other entity better crystallizes issues of doctrine, image, and liturgy during the 16th century than the “Reformation Altarpiece.” This paper examines the first example of such: the Schneeberg Altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Long neglected by art historians, the Schneeberg Altarpiece is nonetheless an important lens through which to study the institutionalization of Lutheran ideology in the context of a “re-formed” altarpiece. It inaugurates a sequence of altarpieces made by Cranach and his workshop for the Reformed Church, including the 1547 Wittenberg Altarpiece in the City Church at Wittenberg and the 1555 Weimar Altarpiece in the City Church of Weimar. As a part of the reformed worship service, all of these works have a different theological context, aesthetic strategy, and function than Catholic altarpieces.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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