PUBLIC LECTURE: Lutherís Reformation at 500: Lutherís Image and the First Media War
|Lutherís Reformation at 500: Lutherís Image and the First Media War : This is an Institute of Advanced Studies and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies series of lectures.
Martin Luther was the media superstar of his time. Thousands of painted and printed portraits of Luther were issued particularly during the early years of the Reformation. Some were even signed by Luther in the first recorded instance of a celebrity sending out autographed portraits. These likenesses did not simply chronicle Lutherís life, they created his image - as a doctor of the Church, as a divinely inspired prophet, as a heroic outlaw, or (in the hands of Lutherís adversaries) as a devilish miscreant.
This lecture will explore how these portraits both responded to and boosted Martin Lutherís importance to the success of the Reformation, as they lent a face to the cause and allowed wider audiences to follow the fate of a charismatic figurehead.
Susanne Meurer is a lecturer in Art History at UWA. Her research interests are art historiography, prints and printmaking, Northern Renaissance and Baroque. Her most recent publication is ďAus aller Herren LšnderĒ Ė Die KŁnstler der Teutschen Academie von Joachim von Sandrart, ed. by Susanne Meurer, Anna Schreurs, Lucia Simonato, Brepols 2015.
About this Series
On the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Ė Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series reconsiders the legacy of Martin Luther, who in 1517 published Ninety-Five Theses criticising the Churchís sale of indulgences. From diverse historical perspectives, UWA researchers tackle key issues regarding Lutherís life, his thought, and his significance for the momentous changes that Europe underwent during his lifetime.
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