Sunday Music – Cranach and Luther: Faith and Friendship
The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London
Sunday 18 June 2017
PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 3, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
- Dr Charlotte de Mille - The Courtauld Institute of Art
In celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, this afternoon’s discussion highlights the close friendship and collaboration between Lucas Cranach the Elder and Martin Luther. Cranach was godfather to one of Luther’s children and offered the use of his press for the printing of Luther’s books. Our musical programme traces the search for a new Protestant art and music, drawing links between the changes in composition dictated by Protestantism and contrasted with their practical manifestation across Europe and England. It also discusses the role of the artist in the volatile sixteenth-century politial-religious climate.
Today’s music includes works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Philippe de Monte, as well as Lutheran hymns harmonised by J.S. Bach.
Curated by Dr Charlotte de Mille (Courtauld) with Dr Katie Bank (New College, Oxford)