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World Heritage

(June, 2004)

Brian O'Reilly

Skellig Michael Island

Hans Nyberg †

Danish Church Wall Paintings - Kalkmalerier - Hyllested kirke

Hyllested, Djursland, Denmark

June 21 15.00 GMT+1

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Denmark probably has the largest amount of mediveal wall paintings in Europe. In Danish they are called Kalkmalerier = Chalk paintings, as they are painted on a layer of limewash. Most of these paintings are from churches and Denmark has about 1700 preserved medieval churches. Most of them have probably been decorated with wall paintings. Today we have about 600 churches with visible paintings and there are probably many undiscovered paintings behind the many layers of limewash used during the 18th and 19th centuries to cover the paintings.
Why cover them? Perhaps a change in taste, also in some cases because they were obscene.

The oldest from 1100-1300 are of Romanesque type, painted by painters imported from south Europe. During the Gothic style in 1300 -1600 Danish painters took over and developed there own style.

Hyllested Church is from the Gothic periode. The paintings was discovered as late as in 1964, they are original and has not been repainted in any way.

More Fullscreen QTVR from Danish churches: Wall Paintings in Danish Churches

Introduction to the restoration of Danish wall paintings by Kirsten Trampedach.
Danske Kalkmalerier a database by Axel Bolvig at the University of Copenhagen.

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