Images and Art of the Reformation Age

Today we live in a highly visual culture. There are images everywhere – in books, newspapers, on the internet, on the streets. Some of these images are religious. In the majority culture of Denmark, it is not a problem to illustrate religion in different ways.

In Denmark’s churches there are images of Christ, God, the prophets and stories from the Bible. These images are primarily used to supplement the spoken word of the sermon. They are a visual interpretation of Christianity. The images are secular, even though they have religious subjects. This understanding and use of religious images has its roots in the Reformation. Other branches of Christianity like the Catholic and Calvinist church, and other religions like Islam have different views on the use of religious images.