PORTRAITS WHICH SPEAK:Reformed “vestry-art” as locus theologicus? 

This article focuses on the power of, as well as the need for, the visual dimension within the liturgy of the church. The current communication culture in which the image dominates, cannot pass our liturgical praxis and reflection unnoticed. The article shows that when this visual need is not attended to within people’s religious practice, a natural compensation for this visual poverty sets in. This compensation has also become a reality within the loca sancta of the Reformed tradition, and finds expression in the portraits of Reformed ministers and professors. These images, however, communicate a certain theology to its onlookers. By using actual examples of these images as locus theologicus, an argument can be made out for the inculturation of these portraits within the Reformed tradition in South Africa; this will set out to demonstrate the fact.


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