From: Alte Pinakothek, Munich
The four apostles painting is a representation of the four apostles John, Peter, Mark, and Paul, each shown with some form of symbolic item that represents them. Like John has a book, Peter has keys, Makr a scroll, and Paul a sword and closed book. The painting is done by Albrecht Durer and is considered one of his larger works. Each of the Apostles is represented in each realism, and larger than life size. This particular image was created during the Reformation in Germany, where the Reformation had a particular impact on the people. Images were not commissioned by the protestant church, so protestant artists, like Albrecht, had to commission their own religious works of art. Religious images had to in some way, not be considered idols, and so could not be used in worship, which changed the way much of the artwork of the time was portrayed.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen because it shows the way the religious artwork had to change to fit the religious change of the reformation during these times.