A Cranach painting gets its own blog

A thousand thanks to Paul McCain, who has started a whole blog in honor of Lucas Cranach’s Weimar altarpiece!  It is called A Painting That Preaches Christ.The first post is an enormously enlightening summary, filled with priceless quotations, about Luther’s defense of using art in church.  The site promises more and more resources exploring this masterpiece of the Reformation. Cranach's Weimar Altarpiece

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.meanderinglutheran.blogspot.com Ryan Oakes

    I love church art. At times it can be cheesy but classics like Cranach and the like are very useful in teaching the meaning of Christ. It’s sad to see that many churches today have not grasped the arts within the church. Yet, I have met many young artistic Christians who are eager to express their faith through art. Hopefully we can engage these young people so that Christian art can return to the place it was so many years ago.
    As a side note, several weeks ago I received an invitation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the area, to attend From Durer to Rembrandt: The Renaissance of Faith in Art. They have gathered about 200 etchings and woodcuts. I’m tempted to go just to look at the artwork and see the commentary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning the art.

  • http://www.meanderinglutheran.blogspot.com Ryan Oakes

    I love church art. At times it can be cheesy but classics like Cranach and the like are very useful in teaching the meaning of Christ. It’s sad to see that many churches today have not grasped the arts within the church. Yet, I have met many young artistic Christians who are eager to express their faith through art. Hopefully we can engage these young people so that Christian art can return to the place it was so many years ago.
    As a side note, several weeks ago I received an invitation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the area, to attend From Durer to Rembrandt: The Renaissance of Faith in Art. They have gathered about 200 etchings and woodcuts. I’m tempted to go just to look at the artwork and see the commentary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning the art.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Those woodcuts from that era are fascinating and perhaps the most powerful expression of faith via art of the Reformation. Rembrandt’s especially. Ryan, I would go. If you do, report on this space. It would be interesting to know the Mormon approach to art. If these Mormons understood what they had here, they might not be Mormons anymore.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Those woodcuts from that era are fascinating and perhaps the most powerful expression of faith via art of the Reformation. Rembrandt’s especially. Ryan, I would go. If you do, report on this space. It would be interesting to know the Mormon approach to art. If these Mormons understood what they had here, they might not be Mormons anymore.

  • http://wayofthemasterradio.com TV

    It’s a terrific site…but where are the extended comments and the quotes from luther??? Would love to read them.

  • http://wayofthemasterradio.com TV

    It’s a terrific site…but where are the extended comments and the quotes from luther??? Would love to read them.

  • James

    Why now couldnt the title of the art piece be more exclusive?? i dont get what its called.

  • James

    Why now couldnt the title of the art piece be more exclusive?? i dont get what its called.


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