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Anticlerical Motifs in the Illustrations of Martin Luther’s Hauspostille

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Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland
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Faculty of History, University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland
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Religions 2020, 11(12), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120633
Received: 31 October 2020 / Accepted: 19 November 2020 / Published: 25 November 2020
Drawing on the example of the editions of a Protestant bestseller, Martin Luther’s Hauspostille, printed several times in Nuremberg between 1544 and 1548 by Johann vom Berg and Ulrich Neuber, the study examines the sources, location, and function of the anticlerical motifs in the Protestant postils. Prominent in the first editions of the Hauspostille of 1544 and 1545, the anticlerical scenes were eliminated in 1548. The authors argue that both the usage and subsequent removal of these woodcuts was dependent not on the direct religious context in Luther’s sermons, but on pragmatic political considerations as they affected the religious situation in the city of Nuremberg. The deployment of antipapal imagery in the mid-1540s coincided with Nuremberg’s strong engagement in the aggravating conflict between the emperor and the Protestants, whereas its elimination was triggered by the defeat of Protestants and the introduction of the Augsburg Interim. View Full-Text
Keywords: Reformation; anticlericalism; postil; woodcut; Martin Luther; Hauspostille; Nuremberg; Augsburg Interim Reformation; anticlericalism; postil; woodcut; Martin Luther; Hauspostille; Nuremberg; Augsburg Interim
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Jurkowlaniec, G.; Ptaszyński, M. Anticlerical Motifs in the Illustrations of Martin Luther’s Hauspostille. Religions 2020, 11, 633. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120633

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Jurkowlaniec G, Ptaszyński M. Anticlerical Motifs in the Illustrations of Martin Luther’s Hauspostille. Religions. 2020; 11(12):633. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120633

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Jurkowlaniec, Grażyna; Ptaszyński, Maciej. 2020. "Anticlerical Motifs in the Illustrations of Martin Luther’s Hauspostille" Religions 11, no. 12: 633. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11120633

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