Luther nailing his Protestation to the Church Door in Wittenburg (Church Door painted from nature by the Artist), (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 7
The Seventh Picture. Luther Nailing his Protestation to the Church Door in Wittenberg. With every step in the development of ecclesiastical institutions and dogmas it must become more difficult to recognize their harmony with the fundamental idea from which they have been derived. With every step, therefore, that is, with every new institution, the number of those who are unable to recognize that harmony and thence doubt their accordance with the true and pure spirit of the Church, must increase. With the increasing number of sceptics, scepticism becomes more powerful in a physical sense of the word, till at last the Church, by its own development, has produced a host of antagonists strong enough to establish a new creed in opposition to it. This happened when the Church, by selling indulgences, made a trade of its power of absolution. The noisy zeal with which JOHN TETZEL carried on that trade, roused the indignation of religious masses; and LUTHER, by attaching his celebrated theses to the door of the church of Wittenberg, gave to this indignation a corresponding public expression. To this my seventh principal picture, and the corresponding intermediate one, which represents JOHN TETZEL, refer. [Pp. 13-14; see entry 06110013 for other work noted in this commentary.]
Explanation of Theo. Kaufmann's Great Pictures, illustrating the development of Religious Liberty. Mr. Kaufmann invites the attention of lovers of Art to the above Pictures, which form a series of eight principal, and nine minor Paintings. --They can be seen at his Studio from 9 to 12 o'clock every morning. Free of charge. New York: G.B. Teubner, Printer, 17 Ann Street, near Broadway. 1853.