Monday, September 29, 2014

John Trebonius and Martin Luther

The story here is that John Trebonius was an instructor in the 1500s, where men usually kept their hats on indoors.  However, he always removed his hat when he came into the classroom, as a sign of respect towards the boys he was teaching.  He said that he never knew if he was in the presence of future greatness.  As it turned out, a young Martin Luther was in his classroom, (depicted here in a green and tan tunic on the front row.)

I was given a very short deadline on this painting, and had to round up several boys and a man quickly.  There was no time to find outfits.  Thanks to my sister, four boys and an actor practicing "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Valentine Theater in American Fork, I was able to take pictures immediately.  I then doubled the boys in different positions, changed everyone's features, and added period clothing.  (Thank you Anya Allred for again coming through with fantastic costume references!)

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