Critical Catalog of the Luther-Portraits

Critical Catalog of the Luther-Portraits (1519-1530)

Martin Luther (1529) by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Martin Luther (1529) by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The project „Critical Catalog of the Luther-Portraits (1519-1530)“ got approved by the Leibnitz Association as one of four funded projects of the 2018 Leibnitz Competition. The project is an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with  the Germanische Nationalmuseum, the Cranach Digital Archive (Technology Arts Sciences, TH Köln), and the Institute for Church History (FAU) and the Pattern Recognition Lab (FAU)

Goal of the project is the creation of a critical catalog of Luther portraits (1519-1530). The importance of Martin Luther for the history of religion and culture is undisputed. Unlike his works, however, the contemporary portraits, which are equally important for his impact, are neither completely collected nor critically developed. On the occasion of the Reformation’s anniversary in 2017, these portraits are nevertheless presented and marketed worldwide in mass media, although their historical context of use, dating and authenticity are unclear. The requested project creates the methodological and substantive prerequisites for a critical catalog of works of the early Luther portraits (1519-1530).

Link zum Projekt


Projektzeitraum: 06/01/2018 05/30/2021

Daniel Hess, Oliver Mack, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, Anselm Schubert
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Church History II (Newer Church History), Andreas Maier, Vincent Christlein
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Pattern Recognition Lab (Computer Science 5), Gunnar Heydenreich, Cologne University of Applied Sciences 

Finanziert durch: Leibniz-Association / Collaborative Excellence (2018)