Abbildung des Papsttums  

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Abbildung des Papsttums (1545) is a series of nine woodcut caricatures by Lucas Cranach the Elder, possibly printed by Hans Lufft. These were published in conjunction with the "Against the Papacy at Rome, Founded by the Devil" pamphlet by Martin Luther.

The Catholic Encyclopedia mentions that they are "the coarsest drawings that the history of caricature of all times has ever produced."

List of nine prints

Titles of captions from[1].

  1. "Ortus et origo Papae." (Birth and Origin of the Pope)
  2. "Monstrum Romae inventum mortuum in Tiberi. Anno 1496."
  3. "Regnum Satanae et Papae. 2. Thess. 2." (Frontispiece)[2]
  4. "Hic oscula pedibus Papae figuntur." (Kissing the Pope’s feet)
  5. "Adoratur Papa deus terrenus." (The Pope, God of this World, is Worshiped)
  6. "Digna merces Papae satanissimi et Cardinalium suorum." (Just Reward for the Most Satanic Pope and his Cardinals)
  7. "Papa agit gratias caesaribus pro immensis beneficiis." (The pope acts gratefully for the immense benefits he receives from the emperor)

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