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The Papacy and its Cohorts

In this book, Das Bapstum mit seynen Gliedern gemalet und beschryben, gebessert und gemehrt (The Papacy and its cohorts, painted and described, improved and expanded), Luther ferociously attacks the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

Printed in Nuremberg in 1526, the book is illustrated by German engraver Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550). It contains more than seventy beautiful originally colourised woodcuts, which represent the different orders of the Catholic Church with the attributes of their function.

 

Martin LUTHER, Hans Sebald BEHAM, The Papacy and its cohorts, painted and described, improved and expanded, Nuremberg, by Hans Guldenmund, 1526.
International Museum of the Reformation, Geneva.