The complete 117 images that triggered a religious revolution.
Martin Luther's Bible, published in 1534, was the first complete German
Bible and a pivotal event in the history of Christianity. Luther's
revolutionary translation, modern in vernacular and interpretation, made
the Bible accessible to laypeople, fueled anger and revulsion toward
Rome and the Papacy, and begat a new religion: Protestantism. The most
desirable copies came with shockingly graphic and politically-charged
illustrations, such as those depicting the Whore of Babylon riding a
seven-headed beast while wearing the Papal crown, or the Four Horsemen
of the Apocalypse led by a Turkish soldier. Taschen is publishing the
117 hand-colored woodcut illustrations, created in the workshop of Lucas
Cranach. Each is meticulously reproduced from a rare and sumptuous
original copy, belonging to the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in
Weimar. Stephan Fussel provides a scholarly overview of Luther's life,
the historic context and cultural significance of his Bible, and
detailed descriptions of the illustrations and their iconography.