September 5 – October 14, 2017
To mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Stirring the World: German Printmaking in the Age of Luther presents a glimpse revealing some of the worries shared by early sixteenth-century Europeans. The art of Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and others address a variety of concerns, from apocalyptic fears and the abuse of papal authority to anxieties over the power of women and uncertainties about the expanding empire of the Ottoman Turks. Luther’s work did not pacify or temper the situation. On the contrary, it fostered greater commotion for social and religious change, stirring the world through spiritual renewal.
Curated by Calvin Professor of Art History, Dr. Henry Luttikhuizen, Stirring the World contains over 70 works on paper, on loan from major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the St. Louis Art Museum, among others. This exhibition is made possible in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.