IMG_3662An intensily inspiring week is rearing towards its end, as The conference Science, Imagination and Wonder: the Legacy of Robert Grosseteste, April 3-6 2018, at Pembroke College, University of Oxford is running out. Like Grosseteste himself, it has been a truly interdisciplinary week with scholars withing the hard sciences, humanists and the creative arts sharing their insights into aspects of medieval thinking. We have approached the experiencing of awe and or with the play of light in glass inspired by Grosseteste’s theories on light as a building block of creation itself and how it reflects in the world. What a perfect way to spend my first week after defending my thesis! I will come home with new contacts, inspiring ideas and a head full of new insight into the wonderful medieval cosmos and the thinking of Giants like Grosseteste.

Ether“Ether” by Alex Carr. Original art and photograph ©Alex Carr






Film-maker Alan Fetiman followed and documented the Through a Glass Darkly collaboration between Ordered Universe and the National Glass Centre culminating in the exhibition of new work by Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie Illuminating Colour. The documentary is complete and makes for a fascinating insight into the different perspectives of the participants, and how the the various aspects […]

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Den 23. mars forsvarer jeg min PhD i Gamle festsal, Domus Academica kl. 10:15: Evoking the Divine: The Visual Vocabulary of Sacred Polychrome Wooden Sculpture in Norway from the period between 1100 and 1350. Se pressemeldingen her.

Prøveforelesningen er dagen før: torsdag 22. mars 2018, kl. 16.15, Arne Næss’ auditorium, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindern: «What should art history learn from conservation studies (and vice versa)?»

Feeling inspired after spending the last three days in Lisbon at the conference Medieval Europe in Motion: The Middle Ages: A Global Context? IV. 88 speakers, parallel sessions and all. Two sessions was solely dedicated the subject of early medieval sculpture initiated by Lucretia Kargère, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Emmanuelle Mercier, KIK-IRPA. We saw and shared incredible works of art. The potensial for working across the boundaries of Europe is very exciting! Friday was spent at the University visiting the laboratory facilities and the Conservation labs, followed by a visit to the National Museum where they have started up a project on the very large body of polychrome stone and wooden sculpture. I just realize that I have to learn French… Maybe by the hypnotic method!

The good news is that they announced that they have received funding for post prints, planned to be printed by the end of 2018.


Se NRK produksjon fra 1989 med kunsthistoriker Nina Hovda Johannesen og flere konservatorkollegaer i yngre utgave; Lars Hauglid, Mille Stein og Eivind Bratlie fra dengang Riksantikvarens atelier!

A piece of bone, believed to be 3500 years old was wrapped in cloth dated to c. 1250. Hear conservator Håkan Lindberg describe how he found it in here (in Swedish), when he recently restored the sculpture. See also the interview by SVT here.

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See the full publication on the restoration and relic find in Lindberg, Håkan. «Some Notes regarding the Conservation of the Viklau Madonna (Gotland, Sweden)». In From Conservation to Interpretation: Studies in Religious Art (c. 1100–c. 1800) in Northern and Central Europe in Honour of Peter Tångeberg, edited by Justin E.A. Kroesen, Marie Louise Sauerberg and Ebbe Nyborg. Art and Religion, 11-22: Peeters verlag, 2017.

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For more information on the publication see here: http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=10504

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