Despite his wishes, Dürer never had the opportunity to portray Luther from life. Most Europeans came to recognize Luther’s features through portraits by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), who became one of Luther’s closest friends, and Hans Baldung Grien (c. 1484–1545), who was trained in Dürer’s workshop between 1503 and 1507. The exhibited woodcut by Baldung Grien, dated 1521, depicts Luther while he was still an Augustinian canon.
AFG4826. Martin Luther (1483–1546). Postil, oder Uszleg der Epistel und Evangelien durch den Advent. [Strasbourg: Johann Schott, 1522].
Book of sermons with woodcut illustrations
Luther, Martin, 1483–1546, Juda, Leo, 1482–1542, translator, Cranach, Lucas, 1472–1553, engraver, and Schott, Johann, 1477–1548, printer., “AFG4826,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed November 29, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1854.