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Images and relics in the early modern era.

Art and visual culture in early modern Bologna

Labels and labelling of objects (particularly relics and art works).

Early modern art theory.

Images as a means of communication and as a universal language.

Early modern scientific illustrations, particularly within botany and anatomy. 

Origins of the museum.

Early modern antiquarianism and the origins of modern archaeology and history. 

Early history of the botanical garden.

Image use during and post reformations.

Dutch art and visual culture from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Representations of blindness in art and literature.

I have given lectures and held seminars for a number of art history courses at UiB (KUN131, KUN132, KUN135 and KUN201).

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Truth and the 'Transunto': a copy of the Holy Shroud in Sixteenth-Century Bologna. Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Blinding the viewer : Rembrandt's 1628 Self-portrait. Kunst og kultur. 144-155.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2016). Images of Knowledge: The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations. Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2016). Images of Knowledge. 11 pages.
Chapter
  • Show author(s) (2016). On Hands That Make Us See: "Tobias Healing His Father’s Blindness". 51-77. In:
    • Show author(s) (2016). Images of Knowledge: The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and Visualisations. Peter Lang Publishing Group.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

'Truth and the Transunto: A Copy of the Holy Shroud in Sixteenth-Century Bologna' in ACTA  (ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia) Forthcoming. 

 

'Chastising the Eye in the 'Golden Age'. The image of blind Tobit in seventeenth-century Netherlands.' In Material Cultures of Devotion in the Age of the Reformations. Eds. L. K. Skinnebach, S. Ryan and S. L. Smith (Peeters, forthcoming).

 Current PhD project with preliminary title: 'The Reception of the Holy Shroud in Bologna. The varing aspects of the image in the late sixteenth century.' 

 

Current book project: Material Cultures of Devotion in the Age of Reformations.

September 2018, The Norwegian Institute in Rome -'The Shroud and the Pineapple: The value of images in late sixteenth-century Bologna'

October 2017, Guest Lecture at the Univerisity of Oslo - 'Defining an image, creating a cultural-historical lens: An image according to Paleotti and W.J.T. Mitchell.

May 2017, ENID conference, Athens - 'Gabriele Paleotti's Discorso intorno alle immagini sacre e profane'

April 2015, ENID conference Huysburg - 'Understandings of vision, blindness and touch in the late sixteenth century'