Film Luther the Reformer: Katharina Luther and Lucas Cranach

The Winged Serpent: Lucas Cranach the Elder (Die geflügelte Schlange) © DEFA Stiftung The Winged Serpent: Lucas Cranach the Elder (Die geflügelte Schlange) © DEFA Stiftung

Thu, 11/16/2017

Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC

Introduced by Amy Leonard, Georgetown University.

Luther and I (Katharina Luther)
Germany, 2017, 105 min., Director: Julia von Heinz

Katharina von Bora lives the life of a nun until she reads the writings of Martin Luther and a whole new world opens up to her. She decides to flee with other nuns and arrives in Wittenberg, where she meets Martin Luther.

The Winged Serpent: Lucas Cranach the Elder (Die geflügelte Schlange)
GDR, 1971, 17 min., Director: Lothar Barke

This short documentary portrays the life and work of the important Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). It features a rich spectrum of his works in (former East) German collections, including the Old Masters Gallery in Dresden. Cranach pioneered German portrait painting. He became a close friend of Martin Luther and produced a great number of portraits of him. Cranach’s later paintings, woodcuts and etchings—signed with the winged serpent—often took the side of the Protestant Reformation.

Amy Leonard is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. She teaches courses on the Reformation, the Holy Roman Empire, and Women and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe. Her research focuses on religion, women, and gender, particularly in sixteenth-century Germany.

No charge; reservations requested. Seating is limited.

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