The small Reformation cross commemorates the 300th anniversary of the posting of the theses in 1517. In the centre of the cross can be found a portrait of Martin Luther, located behind a small glass window that can be opened. In this way, the cross offers a powerful link between the Christian symbol of the cross and the image of Luther as a witness of the true words of Christ.
It appears to have been worn on a chain as a necklace. Such items of personal jewellery with patriotic or religious motifs were very popular at the time – one need only think of the ornate cast iron jewellery that was created during the wars of liberation, the wearing of which in Prussia demonstrated a particularly patriotic outlook.
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‘Pfingstkonzert’ [Whitsun concert]
One of the ways in which the German Empire legitimised its quest for national unity was by continually referring back to memorable events in German history and to national heroes, the ranks of which included not only Arminius and Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa), but also Martin Luther. As a result, countless historical paintings of Martin Luther’s life were created in the 19th century.
In the middle of a room reminiscent of the ‘Lutherstube’ (Martin Luther’s living room), the reformer is shown standing with his three children. The young singers are striving to keep time with their father. Katharina is sitting by an open window, absorbed in her sewing. Unusually, she does not turn to observe what is happening.
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