Photographer's Note

The church stands on the outskirts of the fishing hamlet Bakkagerdi, near the Elf Mound ┴lfaborg.
Bakkager­iskirkja hosts the town's most treasured possession: an altarpiece painting of Christ on the Mount by Jˇhannes S. Kjarval, the countryĺs most renowned painter. Christ stands on what looks like a miniaturized ┴lfaborg, with the unmistakable outline of Dyrfj÷ll mountain in the background. The townspeople commissioned the painting in 1914, when Kjarval was 29 and studying in Copenhagen. Iceland's bishop hated the painting and refused to consecrate it because the picture was related to the mythology of the country. It has remained unconsecrated up to this date.

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