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Broadsheet Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Deborah Mattson's avatar Deborah Mattson

My entry is a copperplate etching commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It is inspired by a Reformation Centenary broadsheet produced in Leipzig, Germany in 1617. As a printmaker, I've always been cognizant of the role printmaking played in the modernization of society when it was still a new technology in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most scholars credit the success of the Reformation in part to the use of this new technology to disseminate information. Reformation era broadsheets were complex, crowded, compositions filled with historical, political, and sacred figures, and my broadsheet follows this tradition. It is based on the Biblical passage Matthew 25: 31-46 (Christ's separation of the sheep and the goats) and the social justice issues implied by this passage. The "do -it-yourself" sheep and goat masks at the bottom of the composition invite viewers to contemplate their own place in the scene.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: n/a
  • Medium: Copperplate etching
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 16 inches