[[File:Bad Frankenhausen Oberkirche 2010.jpg|thumb|right|The tower of Bad Frankenhausen's Oberkirche is claimed to be the second most crooked tower in Germany.]]
Based on [[Friedrich Engels]]' 1850 book ''[[The Peasant War in Germany]]'', Thomas Müntzer as an early revolutionary became an icon of [[historical materialism]] in [[East Germany]].
At the 450-years jubilee of the battle, the [[Socialist Unity Party of Germany]] (''SED'') charged the rector of the [[Leipzig|Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts]], Professor [[Werner Tübke]], with the creation of a monumental panorama painting: ''[[Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany]]'', also known as the ''Peasants' War Panorama''. The work in a specially erected [[Rotunda (architecture)|rotunda]] was finished in 1987. It is 123 m/404 ft in length and 14 m/46 ft in height and depicts more than 3000 individuals.
Despite the [[Politburo]]'s plans modelled on the [[Battle of Borodino]] panorama at [[Poklonnaya Hill]] in [[Moscow]], Tübke realised a rather pessimistic vision of a resigned Müntzer standing alone among battling troops, a [[Bundschuh movement|Bundschuh]] flag on the ground at his side. The Panorama was inaugurated by [[Kurt Hager]] and [[Margot Honecker]] as deputy for her husband on 14 September 1989, thus eight weeks before the fall of the [[Berlin Wall]].