May 2, 2017
Lucas Cranach (School of) (1472-1553), Fall and Redemption of Man, 16th century, oil on canvas, 38 x 106 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Karel Waterman, 1962.
On this day in 1611, the printing of the King James Bible was completed in London, England. The question of accessing God’s salvation fueled important Reformation dialogues during this time. The printing of the King James Bible allows thousands of people to read the Bible for the first time and learn the truths, stories, and themes therein.
Today’s Artwork of the Day takes subject matter from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Throughout the painting, scriptural motifs from the Old and New Testaments emphasize the limitations of deeds alone and the redemptive power of grace, exploring the very questions that were so prominent at this time.