ScholarShift Stories: Martin Luther and the Reformation

January 04, 2017


Students experience the story of Martin Luther brought to life at Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit.

Students in Shattuck-St. Mary’s Honors Program, along with Latin students and ScholarShift module participants, attended the Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Wednesday, January 4.

SSM students spent the day at MIA, and explored the exhibit, which included paintings, sculptures, gold, textiles, and works on paper, in addition to Luther’s personal possessions and recent archaeological finds. Many of the items on display have never been featured outside of Germany, offering students a rare glimpse into the life and times of a man who made an enormous impact on religion several centuries ago.

Overview: Five hundred years ago, one man took a stand that shook Europe and changed the world. Now you can see the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation brought to life through astonishing artworks and historical objects, traveling outside Germany for the first time ever.

Luther used art and the newly invented printing press to challenge Europe’s leaders and spread a revolution of religious, cultural, and societal change. This exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, gold, textiles, and works on paper—as well as Luther’s personal possessions and recent archaeological finds—that shed new light on an explosive era and the man who ignited it.

For more information and a short video on the exhibit, visit new.artsmia.org/luther. The exhibit will be open through January 15.

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