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The Medieval Image: Meaning and Interpretation

Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas

The main aim of the research programme is to formulate a theoretical and methodological framework for the further development of the study of medieval iconography, with the ambition to widen the perspective from the traditional ”lexical” focus of iconographical interpretation to include also other aspects of iconography. At the same time, a solid foundation in the textual corpus of medieval theology and learning is maintained as a basis for the understanding of the imagery. The hope is that the research programme will contribute to a renewal of the Nordic and international study of iconography.

The present activity of the programme consist of a book project, Medieval iconography: Means and methods for the interpretation of medieval images run by Lena Liepe and involving 17 Nordic scholars. Further, the program includes three PhD projects: Kjartan Hauglid, ”Damnavit exemplum. Moral warnings in Romanesque figurative corbel friezes ca. 1060–1120”; Ragnhild Bø, ”The Iconography of the Lamoignon Hours (Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation, MS LA 237), a manuscript illuminated by the Bedford Master”; and Maria Husabø Oen, ”Birgitta’s Images. Art and visuality in Birgittine spirituality, cult and devotion”. Also associated to the program is a joint project between Lena Liepe and Karl G. Johansson, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, on the iconography of Icelandic 14th century law manuscripts.


Professor Lena Liepe: Medieval Iconography: Means and Methods for the Interpretation of Medieval Images

Research fellow Kjartan Hauglid: Corbel Tables

Research fellow Ragnhild Boe: Manuscript Illumination

Research fellow Maria Husabø Oen: Birgitta of Sweden and the Iconology of Visions