In 2017, Germany will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Dresden, too, will be celebrating, underlining the close connection between the Saxon capital of Dresden and Luther. Martin Luther did, after all, visit the city – in 1516 and 1517, preaching to the Saxon court in the Schlosskapelle, then the chapel at the Royal Palace (Residenzschloss).
The Historic Green Vault, one of the most important exhibitions at Dresden Royal Palace, displays Martin Luther’s drinking goblet and signet ring. Visits can only be made with a pre-purchased ticket for a specific time.
The time of the Reformation will be coming to life in Dresden’s Royal Palace not only in the Riesensaal (Giants’ Hall) with its large-format weapons but also in the new permanent exhibition “Concept and Encounter: the World around 1600.” In 2017, the year of the Reformation anniversary, this will be enhanced by a large section on the electoral princes’ accession to power.
Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Younger are considered the epitome of Reformation artists. The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery) owns the biggest collection of works by the father and son and their studio.
Marin Luther’s handwritten copy of his first lecture as a professor of theology in Wittenberg, the “Commentarius in psalmos Davidis” (1513-1516) is on display at the Treasure Room of the Book Museum of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB). In 2015 the manuscript was entered on the UNESCO Immaterial World Heritage list. Also on display: part of Bach’s Mass in B Minor
Right at the heart of the hip, studenty Wilhelminian district of Dresden Neustadt, the Martin Luther Church bears the reformer’s name. There is a statue of him at the community center opposite. Here, as in the city’s many other Protestant churches, there is a rich program of church music.
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