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Religion has impacted art again and again across the span of ages. In the 16th century there were no two more guilty parties for impacting European art than the Reformation and Counter Reformation. This can be seen quite plainly in Albrecht Altdorfer’s Landscape (1526-8) and El Greco’s Burial of Count Orgaz as each finds its philosophical underpinnings inspired by one or the other and with that notes the split between northern and southern Europe. For Altdorfer, a German painter of the north, the Reformation is the victorious influence. The Reformation is marked by Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, posted in October of 1517, criticizing the Catholic Church creating thus a schism within Christianity. Among the criticisms of the Catholic Church, one was that too much importance was place upon art. The reformers held to the idea that the religious imagery in the art had become what was worshiped and not god or any other important Christian figure who demands worship. This notion that the art had become the worshipped would, of course, break of one of the ten commandments. Thou shalt...
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