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Passional Christi und Antichristi (Passionary of the Christ and Antichrist, 1521) is a collection of 26 cartoons by Lucas Cranach the Elder, commissioned by Luther, depicting the moral contrasts between genuine and false Christianity.

These violent anti-Catholic propaganda prints are done in a crude style and directed against the Papacy and the Catholic clergy. The scenes depict episodes from the Passion of Christ, matched by prints mocking practices of the Catholic clergy, so that Christ driving the money-changers from the Temple was matched by the Pope, or Antichrist, signing indulgences over a table spread with cash.

They were published by Philipp Melanchthon, in collaboration with Johannes Schwertfeger.


Other prints

  • Woodcut of the Pope as the Antichrist, signing and selling indulgences[1]
  • Christus, by Lucas Cranach. This woodcut of John 13:14-17. Cranach shows Jesus kissing Peter's foot during the footwashing. This stands in contrast to the opposing woodcut, where the Pope demands others kiss his feet.[2]
  • A woodcut of people kissing the pope's feet[3]

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