Queen of Heaven or servant of the Lord - Mary both unites and divides the denominations. But what led to such divergent views on the mother of God in the 16th century?
The Catholics invoked Mary as a mediator of divine salvation. They created richly embellished imagery illustrating scenes from her life and identified with her suffering and joys in their hymns and prayers for intercession. Luther too revered her: to him, she was the "dear, precious maid", on whom he preached many sermons. Nevertheless, his faith, focused on Christ alone, led him to reject the Marian cult of his time. Based on biblical evidence, he regarded Mary as the epitome of humility, love and compassion. Among his Protestant successors, however, she became largely forgotten.
Through works of art as well as theology, literature and music, the exhibition casts light on the varied history of Marian piety in the century of the Reformation. It brings together more than 120 precious objects, including carved sculptures, paintings and graphic and textual works, that demonstrate the wide range of Marian imagery, from glorious Queen of Heaven to humble servant of God and highlight both the connections and divisions between Catholic and Lutheran approaches to Marian devotion in th 16th century.
Opening Hours & Arrival
The special exhibition is open daily from 13 April to 18 August from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Thursdays until 8 p.m. as well.
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
How to find us
On the A9 (Nuremberg - Berlin) please take the exit Coswig (8) and follow the B187 to Wittenberg.
The exhibition can be easily reached by train on the routes between Berlin and Halle/Leipzig. From Berlin Central Station you can take the ICE to Wittenberg in about 45 minutes, from Leipzig it takes about 40 minutes by ICE/IC, from Halle by IC also about 40 minutes, from Halle/Leipzig Airport about 55 minutes, from Berlin Airports about 80 minutes with change.
After work ticket: 5€
Group ticket (from 10 persons): 4€ per person
Combined ticket Lutherhouse & Augusteum: 11€
Combined ticket reduced: 6€
Combined group ticket (from 10 persons): 10€ per person
Please contact our service office by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 03491 - 4203171.
Public guided tours
Sundays 2 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Costs: 4€ plus entrance fee
Guided tours for groups
on reservation, up to max. 25 persons
Duration: 60 minutes
Costs: 50€ plus group ticket
Combined guided tour special exhibition + Lutherhouse
Guided tours by appointment
Duration: 120 minutes
Costs: 90€ plus group combi-ticket