Portrait of Martin Luther

Johann Michael Püchler German

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Coming from a family of engravers and calligraphers, Püchler created numerous portraits of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and other religious figures using virtuosic micrography. Made after a likeness by the sixteenthcentury artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, this portrait contains text from the Bible and perhaps from Luther’s own Ninety-Five Theses. Püchler’s style of micrography, forming the hair out of swirling lines of text, was incredibly influential to Buchinger, who may have come across Püchler and his prints in Nuremberg, where Püchler is known to have worked.

Portrait of Martin Luther, Johann Michael Püchler (German, born Schwäbisch-Gmünd, active ca. 1680–1702), Engraving

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