Paintings and Drawings

Portrait of Huldrych Zwingli

Description The Reformer, shown half-length in profile in front of a blue background, wears a black robe (Talar) with a reformer’s cap and holds a Latin bible in his hand. It is opened to the...

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The Castle Chapel of Gottorf Castle

Description The castle chapel of 1590 was always used as a church, despite the changing history of Gottorf Castle. Still today it is used by the Danish parish in Schleswig for their church services...

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Disputation Between Calvin and Luther About the Consumption of Meat and Fish

Description Calvin, who can be clearly identified through his beard and traditional clothing, and a friar (Martin Luther) are sitting on a turtle and a snail respectively, while pointing lances at ...

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Portraits of Anabaptists

Description After their persecution in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Anabaptists enjoyed relative tolerance in some areas of Switzerland. This was the case in reformed areas with cat...

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Trunk With a Fragment of a Late Medieval Altar Picture

Description The trunk with the painted front raises a couple of questions hard to answer. It came to the museum in 1899 from a private owner in Steffisburg; the former use of it is unknown. It rest...

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The Preacher

Description The painter, mercenary and supporter of the Reformation, Niklaus Manuel (around 1484-1530), painted a dance of death with life-sized figures on the churchyard wall of Bern’s Domin...

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Christ as a Child as Conqueror of Death and Devil

Description This little panel shows the Lutheran doctrine of justification through Christ’s victory over the devil and death. Christ, who came into this world as an innocent child, stands tri...

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Christ Blesses the Children

Description The motif of the picture, the blessing of the children according to the Gospel of Marc (chapter 10, 14), was unknown before the Reformation. Lucas Cranach the Elder, who was acquainte...

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Allegory of the Naumburg Treaty of 1554

Description The large-sized painting, shaped like a winged altar and subdivided into a central middle board and smaller side depictions, is not only a presentation of the great Reformers Martin Lut...

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Zurich’s Oldest Portrait Glass Pane

Description It is no coincidence that the portrait of Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575), the successor of Zwingli in Zurich, is found on Zurich’s oldest portrait glass pane. The typical Sw...

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Curiosity and Warning

Description A rich Renaissance architecture forms the frame and the stage for the illustration of an Old Testament scene on a stove tile from Winterthur: On the roof terrace of his castle King Davi...

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Zurich at the Time of the Reformation

Description Out of all the late-gothic altar panels showing the martyrdom of the three city saints from the Twelve Apostles Chapel in the Great Minster in Zurich, only the parts with the city view ...

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Portrait of Martin Luther

Description The portrait of Luther was developed by the Cranach-workshop like a trademark and was spread with a constant standard and high recognition value. Even in post-Reformation times the icon...

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Head Piece of a Bed from the Luther Room at Veste Coburg

Description The first visitor to the Veste Coburg came to visit “Dr. Luthers rooms” a few years after Martin Luther’s death. The bed in his room is mentioned in the inventory of t...

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The Candle is Lighted

Description Luther and Calvin are seated at table surrounded by other reformers like Wyclif (A), Hus (B), Zwingli (D), Melanchton (I) and Bullinger (N). A cardinal, Jesuit, devil, pope and monk in...

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Peace Urging the Churches to be Tolerant

Description Luther (with a lute), Calvin (with a ‘fine calf’) and the Pope (with a cat, from ‘cat licks’) appear to be sitting at table together like brothers. An Anabaptist...

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The Elector Frederick’s Dream

Description Luther is shown writing his 95 theses on a church door with a long quill which is supported by Philippus Melanchton. The quill Luther uses, is long enough to knock off the tiara of pope...

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Monk and Nun Making Love, Pope Peeping

Description Sitting in a tent, in a large hatching basket, a monk and a nun are making love by the light of a candle. The Pope is surreptitiously watching them. A ‘brood’ of newly hatch...

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Haycart

Description In this satirical painting the church is a major focus of critique. The conflict about the hay on this wagon is a reflection of the avarice that results in argument, misery, death and d...

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Symbolic and Chronological Diagram of a Few of the Prophecies in Scripture

Description In 1887, Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, settled in Heiden (Switzerland), where he lived quietly and devoted himself to religious devotion and contemplation. He assiduously ...

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Symbolic and Chronological Diagram of a Few of the Prophecies in Scripture, by a Swiss Christian

Description In 1887, Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, settled in Heiden (Switzerland), where he lived quietly and devoted himself to religious devotion and contemplation. He assiduously ...

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Noah

Description In 1887, Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, settled in Heiden (Switzerland), where he lived quietly and devoted himself to religious devotion and contemplation. He assiduously ...

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The First Creation

Description In 1887, Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, settled in Heiden (Switzerland), where he lived quietly and devoted himself to religious devotion and contemplation. He assiduously ...

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De Tristibus Galliae

Description Transcribed onto paper and illustrated with drawings, De tristibus galliae, a Latin poem in 2722 verses, recounts the turmoil of the French Wars of Religion. The Huguenots are pictured ...

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Martin Luther on His Deathbed

Description This ‘Ware Contrafactur Herrn Doctoris Martini Lutheri’ (True likeness of Dr Martin Luther) shows Martin Luther wearing a white gown on his deathbed, in a homely interior wi...

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Dives and Lazarus as a Satire on the Catholic Church

Description The parable of Dives and Lazarus from Luke 16 is represented here as a virulent anti-Catholic satire, with Dives as the Pope, kissing a nun in the centre beside an inebriated cardinal a...

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Luther entering Hell and Calvin entering Hell

Description On these two paintings Luther and Calvin are being led to the gates of hell by a multitude of little demons, insects and imaginary animals. Seated on moving carcasses, the two reformers...

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