1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation

21 July 2017 - 2 December 2018

Room 3


Martin Luther
by Robert Boissard, after Lucas Cranach the Elder
circa 1597
NPG D23476

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which is traditionally dated from Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Saxony. The reforming movement that subsequently spread across Europe was to have profound consequences in England, triggering centuries of religious reform, conflict and suppression that have been described as England’s ‘Reformations’. This display looks at a selection of the portraits of some of the most prominent figures of the early years of reform in England, including the prints that were created to disseminate their ideas and commemorate their lives.

Religious reform took place across Europe in the sixteenth century; see some of the most prominent European figures of the Reformation in this slideshow of prints from the Gallery’s collection.

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