When the printing press was implemented in Europe in the 15th century information began to spread quickly. It was not only text spreading, but also images, the same way things spread on the Internet today – and some of them were naughty, or even subversive. One historically popular genre of images that keeps causing commotion in our time is the religious satire, especially in Denmark with the Muhammad cartoon controversy. The religious satire genre was just as brutal then as it is now. People do, however, in general know very little about the history of satire. This wrong will be made a right with the current exhibition at The Storm P Museum called Løgn og Latin.
Here at CultureNordic we have picked three of our favourite rebellious images from the exhibition:
Left: Comparison between Christ and the demon Belial. Artist Unknown. Vergleichung zwischen Christo und dem Belial. © Staatsbibliothek Berlin
Center: Anticlerical satire depicting the greed and hypocrisy of the priests. Richard Newton, Fast Day!, 1793 © Trustees of the British Museum.
Right: Depiction of the suppressed French people during the Ancien Régime, carrying the aristocracy, the clergymen and the government officials on their back. Anoymous. Le peuple sous l’ancien regime, 1815. © Det Kongelige Bibliotek
At CultureNordic we sell drawings by a past exhibitor at The Storm P. Museum. His name is Jakob Martin Strid and he makes charming cartoons for your walls. Learn more here.Subscribe to newsletter