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Confessional Lutheran Artwork

December 23rd, 2011
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A number of you commented on the painting I put up on my web site yesterday, so…thought I’d share a lot more where that one came from. Here they are, be sure to click on the painting to see the largest possible version of them. Source. There are a series of photos of the Kasendorf painting in a Picasso album.

The Kasendorf Confessional Painting, 1602, by Andreas Herrneisen.


Detail from the Kasendorf Painting above, showing Elector John the Steadfast, and the other Lutheran princes and electors and free cities, presenting the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V. You'll notice each entity has its own heraldic shield.


Another detailed image from the painting above. On the right side of the altar are listed Martin Luther's major writings on the Sacrament of the Altar, on the left are listed the names of false teachers, including Beza and Calvin, and in large print the phrase, "And their father, the Devil." Note that each of the Evangelists and Paul are standing with Christ helping to institute the Supper, etc.

The Confessional Painting from Bad Windsheim. This is actually a detail from the larger painting, showing, int he foreground, the presentation of the Augsburg Confession, in the center a Baptism, on the right, distribution of the Sacrament, and on the right, behind the Sacrament, Absolution, then a wedding in the far right back of the painting. Note on the left, Zwinglian being kept out of the church by armed men and dogs.

Confessional painting that was originally on display at the Nicholai Church in Leipzig, but now hangs in State History Museum. Be sure to click on the painting for a huge version you can study in detail. Similar themes as in other paintings, but this one is one of the finest examples of this kind of painting I've ever seen.

Detail from the Leipzig painting, showing the devil vomiting out heretics, and if I make out the inscription, Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

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  1. Rev. Allen Yount
    December 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 | #1

    “And their father the Devil.” They deifinitely didn’t worry about “being nice” back then.

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