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Die biblischen Historiengemälde der Cranach-Werkstatt: Christus und die Ehebrecherin als lehrreiche ›Historie‹ im Zeitalter der Reformation
The biblical story about Christ and the adulteress is among the most often religious picture themes of Lucas Cranach the Elder and his sons. From the 1530s onwards, the biblical ›historia‹ from the Gospel of John was painted in numerous versions by the Cranach-workshop. Their rhetorical visual language teaches, delights and moves the viewer.
The media-historical study focusses on visual culture in the Reformation period. The history paintings are not only a manifestation of Martin Luther’s teaching of divine grace. They also serve as visual mirror of prince’s virtues and ›exempla‹ of mild and wise judgement – further they invite Christian believers to inner contemplation.