D.I.E Post 4: Martin Luther Art and the Reformation
Thomas Rassieur, from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, came to the convocation today to talk about the Martin Luther Art and the Reformation Exhibit. Rassieur and four German partnerships created this with exhibit filled artifacts, art, and documents from Martin Luther and the Reformation. Rassieur first talked about Martin Luther’s upbringing. Martin Luther’s last name was actually Luder, but he changed it when he was at the university. Luther said he was from humble or modest bringings, but was actually from a wealthy family. His father had interests in mining and smelting furnaces, and was a mayor of a certain part of the town. Because of Luther’s upbringing he was able to afford to go to the university. Rassieur then talks about some of the artifacts at the exhibit or items that were found at the dig at Luther’s homes. A gold ring was found in Luther’s tower in the area where his toilet would be. The ring came to that place because he threw in there to hide it from his wife that got the ring from Wolfgang, a Protestant who fancied Katerina. A table and chair from Luther’s study room are on exhibit. An indulgence box and community chest are on display. It was learned that Martin and Katerina did things differently besides their religion. Katerina ran the household. Martin signed his estate to her instead of his sons. Martin, also, was one of the first to write against the Jews. All of the information that was learned was really new, that most people do not hear about in religion class in the Lutheran faith.
The Martin Luther Art and the Reformation Exhibit helps show the five ways of knowing, that are currently being taught in honors. Some of the pieces at the exhibit can draw out emotion. When finding out about Luther’s views towards the Jews, one may become upset because they thought he was marvelous and now that truth to be a lie. The whole process of finding the artifacts and learning the new information is all observation, since archeology is science. The archeologists have to have background on Luther and the area to know where to find possible artifact, which is reason. Some of the pieces are artwork, writings, and song which is all part of aesthetic. The whole idea about the Reformation itself is revelation by gaining a better understanding of the God who created all things while still knowing so little. The Reformation helped bring the focus back to God and allowed for more people to be able to read His word and have their revelation about it.
In my view just hearing about this exhibit shows that while we are remembering and celebrating the Reformation Martin Luther was not perfect and was human like us. He made a lot mistakes like we do. I like how Rassieur didn’t talk about all the stuff that most people know about Luther, but instead talked about the things that most people do not know. From this convocation I can say I learned a lot more about the person who started my Protestant faith is even closer to being same person as me, a sinner that wants to be closer to God. I always thought that Luther was someone less sinful than me, but Rassieur proved me wrong. The main thing that sticks out is the fact that anyone can stand up for the Bible and the faith, when the church goes astray. Martin Luther was a normal guy like the rest of us. Who knows the next Martin Luther could be any of us.