A new view of the Reformation

Visitors at a private viewing last Friday looking at artist Yadegar Asisi's new 360-degree panorama painting depicting events from the Reformation in Wittenberg, Germany.

A special building was constructed in Wittenberg, the town in which theologian Martin Luther supposedly posted his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints' Church in 1517, to house the painting due to its size: 15m by 75m.

The panorama, now open to the public, will be on display in the town for the next five years.

The work is part of celebrations to mark 500 years since Luther posted his list of propositions for debate.

Luther is widely regarded as having initiated the Protestant Reformation, a split from the Roman Catholic Church in a movement that spread across Europe, causing cultural, social and political upheaval in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The panorama in Wittenberg is aimed at enabling visitors to gain a more profound insight into Luther's world and to rediscover the Reformation at one of its major places of origin.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2016, with the headline 'A new view of the Reformation'. Print Edition | Subscribe