The state of Saxony-Anhalt, the state agency "Luther 2017" and the foundation Luthergedenkstätten in Saxony-Anhalt has invited Iris Brosch and her team to the Lutherhaus in the framework of the "Wittenberger Länderwochen" to the new production of "Christ bless the children".

On the occasion of the 500th Reformation Jubilee 2017, the photographer and director Iris Brosch presented the Cranach painting "Christ bless the children" as a new tableau vivant. This is a new art form what depicts artworks and recreates them by living persons. 

Already days before the performance, the public could observe the artist during the preparation for her work in the Open Atelier placed in the Chapel of Lutherhause, where Martin Luther was living. In the performance next to the professional  models the people of Wittenberg were also represented. 

TABLEAU VIVANT-lebendiges Bild

Luther in the circle of reformers
Germany or Holland, 1625/1650
Oil on wood, 67.5 x 90 cm
In the center sits Martin Luther, to the right of him Calvin, to the left of him Melanchthon.
German Historical Museum

We had access to the LUTHER MUSEUMS , where you can find the most important collection of objects related to the history of german reformation.

Once me and my film/photo production team arrived at the Luther Stube,the young museums curator couldn't stop us to go cloth to the Luther Table, where Martin Luther worked and spoke with his male disciple around in his famous table talks,"Tischreden".

We took the shoes off to walk on the old wood planchet , I place the woman around the Luther Tisch ; i was aware that in the next 500 years there is no possibility to produce around the Luther Table again.

Under extreme pressure and knowing that i was working in the museums zone of the forbidden, had an moment of blackout, and did not know how to direct the woman/models: there wasa moment of complete silence and stillness.Than like helped by all the ancestor in the room i asked my niece Aline, one of the models, to slowly absorb with her hands all the knowledge of the table by caressing it, the other womanfollowed the movement.

The long and tender movement of the women arms felt like an prayer, past; present and future became one. the women took the dust from the old table to make Luther message again visible.

Wittenberg Cranach Altarpiece ,city churchThe reformation-alter in the church of St. Mary in Wittenberg

Wittenberg Cranach Altarpiece ,city churchThe reformation-alter in the church of St. Mary in Wittenberg

tableau vivant in the courtyard of the Luther building inspired by  the Cranach Jesus of  reformation altar :


In the background we see the famous church door. In 1517 Martin Luther approached the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and nailed a piece of paper to it containing the 95 revolutionary opinions that would begin the Protestant Reformation.



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Article in Mitteldeutche Zeitung

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