Stuttgarter Akademieschriften

Katharina Frank

Die biblischen Historiengemälde der Cranach-Werkstatt
Christus und die Ehebrecherin als lehrreiche ›Historie‹ im Zeitalter der Reformation

Stuttgarter Akademieschriften, Vol. 2

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.

Gitta Bertram

Peter Paul Rubens as a Designer of Title Pages
Title Page Production and Design in the Beginning of the Seventeenth Century

Stuttgarter Akademieschriften, Band 1

This socio- and media-historical research on Peter Paul Rubens's title page design shows that he consciously developed its traditions. In collaboration with engravers and publishers, Rubens created 48 visual and intellectual masterpieces for a great variety of books which belonged in every seventeenth-century library of rank. His designs were not only advertisements for these works, but also for their authors and publishers, often Balthasar Moretus. Rubens's title pages were repeatedly copied, and their wide distribution contributed immensely to Rubens's fame as a learned artist, antiquarian, humanist and Catholic.