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Art and the Reformation:

Rupture, Regeneration, Reconciliation

The Prodigal Son by Albrecht Dürer

Pia F. Cuneo, Professor of Art History, considers the careers of three master artists whose personal lives and artistic production were profoundly influenced by the Reformation. Charting the responses of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), and Hans Baldung Grien (ca. 1484-1545) to religious, social, and economic changes wrought by the Reformation reveals the complex and dynamic interrelationship between art and history in the age of Luther.

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Companion Exhibit and Tour:
From August 19-December 17, 2017, view the exhibit, Art of the Reformation: A Selection, at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. This exhibit is co-curated by Professor Cuneo and Olivia Miller, Curator of Exhibitions and Education. On September 16, join Miller for a guided tour of twelve Old Master prints from the UAMA’s graphic collection. As part of the tour, she will discuss some of the issues encountered by visual artists working during the Reformation era.