Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In Conclusion: Visions of Luther and His Time

It’s 2017—time to bring on some new projects and say goodbye to some old ones.

That includes this blog.

I started Ninth and Fillmore with a mission to become a more well-informed layperson and connect with others with similar interests.

Mission accomplished.

That’s not to say that I’ve learned all there is to learn about God, or Lutheran doctrine, or various faith traditions—far from it. But I do know more than when I started writing two years ago, and I’ve appreciated hearing your perspectives along the way, whether you shared them here, on Facebook, via email, or in conversation. (Thanks for reading.)

So what happens now?

I’ll keep the blog here for a few months, probably until the domain name expires in the fall.

In the meantime, I’ll share one last thing with you—a few images from a recent visit to the exhibit, “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation,” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The trip was worth every penny of our discounted tickets (thank you, Thrivent), even if we did have to deal with a big crowd.

One reason for the big thumbs up: the wealth of expected objects, all of which I’ve encountered in the past two years of blog research. It was fantastic to see them in person (especially the Cranach paintings). 

Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora, Lucas Cranach the Elder, workshop

Dalmatic with the Crest of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg

Pulpit of Luther's Last Sermon, St. Andrew's Church in Eisleben

Table from the Luther Room (associated with Luther's well-known Table Talks)

Law and Grace, Lucas Cranach the Younger

Then there were the surprising objects (at least for me). All of these objects would make great subjects for future blog posts, but since that’s not happening, I’ll just share the images here and let your imagination run.

Protective Hood of a Plague Doctor

Weapons of the Peasants' Revolt (ouch!)

Debate Lectern (used at Wittenberg U for around 150 years; notice Luther?)

Pulpit Hourglass (for timing sermons; total time of one hour—ha!)

Horoscope for Eusebius Menius, by Philip Melanchthon (that's right!)

See what I mean? (Horoscopes? Really?) 

As soon as I publish this post, you know what Ill be googling. (You, too?)