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Title / Description: The Lutheran Fool as IconoclastCommentary: Another illustration from Thomas Murner's "Great Lutheran Fool". Here we see the Lutheran fool burning an image of the Virgin Mary. Many Catholics could not comprehend the iconoclastic tendencies of Protestantism, and perceived this symbolic revolution as one of the chief characteristics of the new "heresy". Murner is here painting with a very broad brush, for although some Lutherans attacked religious images, Luther himself was opposed to iconoclasm.
Object Type: image - woodcut
Author of Commentary: Carlos Eire
Source: Eire, Carlos M. N. Private slide collection