Carl C. Christensen is a professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was a Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Fellow and has made extensive scholarly contributions in the area of Reformation history. His articles have appeared in The Lutheran Quarterly, Renaissance Quarterly, Church History, and other journals. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University.
The Reformation had considerable impact upon the world of art in sixteenth-century Germany, but that impact was not everywhere a uniform one. Some early Protestant leaders reacted to what they viewed as the idolatrous misuse of visual imagery in late medieval Catholicism with a demand for total abolition of paintings and figurative sculpture from the churches.