Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany

Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany (German: Frühbürgerliche Revolution in Deutschland), also known as the Peasants' War Panorama (Bauernkriegspanorama), is a monumental painting by the East German painter Werner Tübke, executed from 1976 to 1987. It spans 14 metres (46 ft) by 123 metres (404 ft) and depicts a circular panorama of the Battle of Frankenhausen, fought on 15 May 1525 during the German Peasants' War. The painting has more than 3000 characters.[1]

Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany
The Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen houses the painting.
ArtistWerner Tübke
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions14 m × 123 m (46 ft × 404 ft)
LocationPanorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen

The painting is the main attraction of the Panorama Museum, built specifically to house it, in Bad Frankenhausen, Thuringia.


The painting was commissioned in 1976 by the Ministry of Culture of East Germany. It was finished in 1987.[1] The canvas was woven in one piece at the textile factory in Sursk, the Soviet Union, and weighs 1.1 tons. Tübke dedicated 480 workdays to the painting and used a total of 90,000 tubes of paint.[2]

The museum opened to the public on 14 September 1989, in time for the 500th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Müntzer.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Tübke, Werner". Die Gesichter des Deutschen Kunstarchivs (in German). Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  2. ^ a b Götz, Thomas (2004-05-10). "Das Bauernkriegspanorama ist Werner Tübkes größtes Werk. Es wird noch immer bestaunt - der Maler aber war lange nicht in Bad Frankenhausen. Eine runde Sache mit Ecken und Kanten". Berliner Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-06.

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Coordinates: 51°21′58″N 11°6′12″E / 51.36611°N 11.10333°E / 51.36611; 11.10333