1500 – 1600
End of the Renaissance and the Reformation

Dürer's Four Apostles


Albrecht Dürer, The Four Apostles, oil on wood, 1526 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Erik wrote on Thursday, December 13, 2012

In this painting, Luther's favorite apostles are in the forground. Peter holds Gold key to kingdom of heaven, which is Held next to the bible. At this time, the bible was being distributed to Everyone. Everyone could now read the bible. The bible is depicted as being the only way to heaven. The people have Calm complexions as they are reading the Bible, which is center of attention. There is great Detail of words in the bible and at bottom of the painting telling us about Jesus' teachings and beliefs.

Lisa Kljaich wrote on Sunday, February 17, 2013

What evidence do you have of Durer's conversion. I have not been able to find this. There are illusions to his sympathies in his art - but it is suggested that he is more aligned with Erasmus, reform, but not the creation of break away churches. Please cite your source, I'd be most interested.

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