MARTIN LUTHER: PROTEST IN PRINT
Morelle Lasky Levine ’56 Works on Paper Gallery
This selection of sixteenth-century prints and books celebrates the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses Against the Sale of Indulgences to the church in Wittenberg. In voicing increasing complaint against the corruption of the Church, Martin Luther (b. 1483, Saxony) became a leading provocateur of its reform. Protest in Print explores the history and popular thought that supported these grievances, the impact of the print medium on the circulation of protest and reform materials, and the artistic response to reform ideologies. Early printed books, borrowed from the Special Collections of Wellesley College, and artworks from the Davis Museum, demonstrate the role of print in disseminating reform thought and visually reiterating the themes of the Reformation. Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs, in collaboration with Professor Simon Grote of the History Department, and presented with the generous support from The Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ‘54 Davis Museum Program Fund.