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Saints Amidst the Inferno: Humanism in Wittenberg’s Pre-Reformation Art: A New Exegesis of Dürer’s Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand

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This chapter discusses the painting The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand by Albrecht Dürer. Some of the painting's most crucial details have wrongly not been taken into account until now. The painting is an extremely revealing fragment of cultural transfer between Wittenberg and Italy, an example for Northern and Italian 'Kreislaufvorgänge', a term and concept coined by Aby Warburg. The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand was shown in the castle church dedicated to All Saints. Celtes embodied the model for transalpine humanism. Just as Dürer excelled in the art of painting, Frederick the Wise excelled as political leader with recourse to Maximilian, and Celtes excelled in the art of poetry; all three wanted to be perceived as ambassadors of humanist culture in the North, where the books of Vergil and Cicero were avoided just as a Jew feared the taste of pork.

Keywords: Albrecht Dürer; Celtes; Frederick; humanism; Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand; Wittenberg



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