Luther's Spirit by Raplh Bakker

Exhibition  /  30 Sep 2023  -  01 Oct 2023
Published: 15.09.2023
Ralph Bakker. Ring: lm-r.03, 2023. Gold, silver and rutile quartz. . Ralph Bakker
Ring: lm-r.03, 2023
Gold, silver and rutile quartz. 
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In the middle of the Renaissance – Michelangelo had just completed the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling decorations five years earlier – on the 31st of October 1517, the Augustinian friar and professor of theology Matin Luther published his famous 95 theses (it is most unlikely that he personally hammered them onto the door of the castle chapel in Wittenberg). It was an indictment against the ever more spiraling trade in indulgences he witnessed in his own Catholic Church, and the increasing hedonistic excesses within this institution. Luther wanted to return to the essence, the simple, the personal.