Stavangerrenaissance

The Stavangerrenaissance is the name for the cultural period which peaked in the middle of the 17th century in Stavanger, Norway.

The reason for this cultural "golden age", was the reformation from 1537 had not yet changed the art in the local churches, so much of the old catholic art was still present in the churches. The authorities wanted to change this, so they ordered new art and reconstruction of old churches. At the start of the 17th century, the time was right to change this, and the city of Stavanger was more and more popular for immigrants who worked as artists.
The first of the artists in the Stavangerrenaissance was the German painter Peter Reimers. Other important artists reprecenting the Stavangerrenaissance was Gottfried Hendtzschel, Andrew Lawrenceson Smith, Thomas Snekker and Lauritz Snekker. The Stavangerrenaissance is an important period for Norwegian church-art, and art works from this period is found all around South and Western Norway.


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