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Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483-1546), theologian and founder of the German Reformation, excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 1521. The head recalls the last of the Luther portraits by Lucas Cranach, but the image may derive more particularly from one of the many related engravings, for example the half-length, without the hand, in Beza's 'Icones' (1580). See also British School DPG368.

Not currently on display

Artist
British School
Date
Possibly mid-16th Century
Location
Not on display
Dimensions
34 x 26.9 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Inscribed upper right: Luther / 15[4]6
Acquisition
Probably Alleyn Bequest, 1626
Accession number
DPG421