40th International Wolfenbüttel Summer Course / 40. Internationaler Wolfenbütteler Sommerkurs
Art, Reformation, and the Cult of Martin Luther
(Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, 4-15 July 2016)
Jeffrey Chipps Smith (University of Texas, Austin)
Application deadline: 28 February 2016
2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his ninety-five theses on the Palace Church in Wittenberg. This action by a then relatively obscure Augustinian monk and university professor heralded the be-ginning of the Protestant Reformation and the cataclysmic division of Christianity first in Europe and then around the world. Scholarly conferences and museum exhibitions, many loosely linked under the umbrella Luther 2017 – 500 Jahre Reformation (www.Luther2017.de), have occurred with growing frequency during the lead up to the jubilee year. German state tourist boards promote travel, indeed a form of cultural pilgrimage complete with itineraries, to the towns where Luther lived and preached. Schloss Hartenfels in Torgau and the Palace Church in Wittenberg, among other Luther-related buildings, have been restored at great expense. Luther’s face is literally the face of the Reformation in the accompanying flood of publications and publicity.
This course focuses on the complex relationship of art and the Protestant Reformation in Germany and, to a lesser degree, in the Low Countries. The first week addresses the impact of the Reformation on art and, its corollary, the impact of art on the Reformation during the sixteenth century. Using the rich collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, the class will discuss the role of religious art on the eve of the Reformation, the creation of polemical prints demonizing the Catholic Church, iconoclasm as both destructive force and catalyst for change, Lucas Cranach the Elder and the rise of Lutheran art and new iconographic themes, and the impact of Calvinism on Netherlandish art. The class will visit the Marienkirche (1608-22) in Wolfenbüttel, one of the first monumental new and richly decorated Lutheran churches.
. Dr. Dagmar Eichberger (University of Trier/University of Heidelberg)
. Dr. Thomas Eser (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg)
. Dr. Lyndal Roper (Oxford University)
. Dr. Corine Schleif (Arizona State University)
The call for application is addressed to masters and doctoral students from Germany and any other country. The seminars will be conducted in English. The materials for study will be in either German or English but the key texts for each session will be in English.
The library offers up to fifteen places for participants and will cover their expenses for accommodation and break-fast. Each participant will receive a subsidy of 100 Euros to cover living costs. Participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses.
There are no application forms. Applicants should state their reasons for wishing to participate in the course and send a c.v. describing their academic career and their current research. Please also supply the address of an academic referee who may be contacted to provide a reference if needed. The deadline is 28 February 2016. Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:
Dr. Volker Bauer
Herzog August Bibliothek
Postfach 13 64