Friday, September 13, 2013

Luther rose

The Luther seal or Luther rose, the symbol of Lutheranism, hand painted on Masonite. The design was created for Martin Luther in the 16th century and the colors all have meaning. The cross is black because of the horror of the crucifixion. The heart is its beating natural red color representing life. The rose is white (yellowish white in this case) symbolizing joy. And the background is blue for the sky. The back of this folky midcentury piece says in ink "the seal of Martin Luther."

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