Johannes Bugenhagen was an important German reformer and confidant of Martin Luther. He had a lasting influence on the subsequent development of the Lutheran church through his role as the author of church ordinances, among other things. Due to the almost-two-year period that he spent in Denmark, he became a key figure in the transfer of Reformation ideas to Scandinavia. For example, he played a central role in the drafting of the new Danish church ordinance, he drafted new statutes for the Copenhagen University based to a large degree on Melanchthon's statutes for Wittenberg University, and he ordained seven Lutheran bishops in Denmark.
Gerhard Janensch (1860–1933), Bust of Johannes Bugenhagen (1485–1558), situated in the Kirchplatz next to the Stadtkirche in Wittenberg, 1894, colour photograph 2005, photographer: Torsten Schleese; source: Wikimedia Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bugenhagendenkmal-WB-1.jpg?uselang=de.