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The Reformation

In connection with the 500 years anniversary of the Protestant (Lutheran) Reformation in 2017;Norsk Folkemuseum opened a new exhibition.

  • Christian III's bible, the first bible in Danish, 1550 Norsk Folkemuseum

The 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

In 2017 it was 500 years since Martin Luther posted his theses against Indulgence practice. This is considered the starting point of the Reformation.

In Norway the last Catholic archbishop left the country April 1st 1537.

The exhibition will show the Reformation in a theological , art historical and social context and will serve as a new introduction to the museum's collection of church art.

The Main Actors

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    Christian III (born 1503, King 1536-1559).  It was Christian III who introduced the Reformation in Denmark and Norway. Christian had met Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1521 and as a result of this meeting he converted to the Lutheran-evangelical religion.
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    Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German Augustine monk and theology professor. In 1517 he published his thesis on the practice of indulgences. Haakon Michael Harriss / Norsk Folkemuseum

The Church Inventory

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    Baptismal Font From Tørdal (old) Church in Telemark. Probably from about 1600. Haakon Michael Harriss
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    Text Altarpiece From Heggen Churchin Buskerud. Dated 1595. Haakon Michael Harriss
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    Pulpit from Degernes old Church in Østfold. Dated 1554. Haakon Michael Harriss / Norsk Folkemuseum

Medievel Objects in the Protestant Church

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    Censer changed in to a candlestick From Tanum Church in Vestfold. Probably 15th Century. Candle holder added after the Reformation.
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    Church Bench from Heddal Stave Church in Telemark. Probably from then middle of the 13th Century.
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    Bridal Crown with images of Saints. Probably made in Bergen, from ca 1520. New top from the end of the 17th century. Haakon Michael Harriss