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Sculpture and the Nordic Region

ISBN 9781472483652
Published December 13, 2016 by Routledge
178 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Histories of sculpture within the Nordic region are under-studied and the region’s influence upon and translation of influences from elsewhere in Europe remain insufficiently traced. This volume brings to light individual histories of sculptural mobility from the early modern period onwards. Examining the movement of sculptures, sculptors, practices, skills, styles and motifs across borders, through studios and public architectures, within popular and print culture and via texts, the essays collected here consider the extent to which the sculptural artwork is changed by its physical movement and its transfigurations in other media. How does the meaning and form of these objects performatively respond to the pressure of their relocations and rematerialisations? Conversely, how do sculptures impact their new contexts of display? The contributing authors engage with a wide variety of objects and media in their essays. Each focuses on the contextualisation of sculpture in an original and timely way, exploring how mobility acts as a filter offering new perspectives on iconography, memorialisation, collecting, iconoclasm and exhibiting. From the stave churches of early Norway to the decoration of International Style monoliths of the twentieth century, from Italian quarries to Baroque palaces, from fountains to figurines, from text to performance, these wide-ranging and fascinating case studies contribute to the rich history of the Nordic region’s sculptural production.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

List of Contributors


Sara Ayres and Elettra Carbone

1 Frederik II's Gothic Neptune for Kronborg

Kristoffer J Neville

2 Willem Boy & Willem van den Blocke: The Import of Flemish Sculpture into Sweden’s Courts from 1562 until 1599

Cynthia Osiecki

3 From Mobility to Stability and a New Mobility: The Flow of Sculptors to and from Sweden from the Late Seventeenth to the Early Nineteenth Century

Linda Hinners

4 Denmark and the International Mobility of Italian Sculpture, c. 1709–1725: Frederick IV and Giovanni Baratta

Francesco Freddolini

5 ‘The Box Built in Nordic-Arabian-Egyptian Style’: Geographical Mobility and Cultural Translation in Thorvaldsens Museum

Tabea Schindler

6 Reading Sculpture: The Remediation of Thorvaldsen’s Sculpture in Literature

Elettra Carbone

7 Medieval Scandinavia and Victorian South Kensington

Marjorie Trusted

8 Sculpture Hand in Glove with Architecture: The Sculpture Collection at the Finnish Parliament

Liisa Lindgren

9 Body Culture and Film Culture in Thorvaldsen’s Museum 1932–63

Claire Thomson

10 Raised on Blurred Territories: Mobility and the Monument

Sara Ayres

Index of Concepts

Index of People

Index of Places

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Sara Ayres is Queen Margarethe II Postdoctoral Fellow in Danish-British Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.

Elettra Carbone is Teaching Fellow in Norwegian, University College London, UK.