IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 104: The Impact of the Insular West on Late Viking and Early Romanesque Art in Scandinavia

Monday 12 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Lise Gjedssø Bertelsen, Independent Scholar, Kolding
Moderator/Chair:Lise Gjedssø Bertelsen, Independent Scholar, Kolding
Paper 104-aImages of the Dragon-Killing Episode from the Sigurd Legend as Told on Cross-Slabs on the Isle of Man and on Runestones in Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Lise Gjedssø Bertelsen, Independent Scholar, Kolding
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - General
Paper 104-bThe Golden Lisbjerg Altar in Denmark and the Insular West
(Language: English)
Lise Gotfredsen, Afdeling for Teologi, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Art History - General
Paper 104-cThe Insular West in the Sebbersund Material
(Language: English)
Peter Birkedahl, Independent Scholar, Nibe
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - General

Viking ships not only travelled far, but also returned home, and a most important cargo was cultural exchange. In light of contemporary European expressions of Christian faith, Late Viking Age art reveals considerable influences from the British Isles. Inspired from there, stonecarvers in Scandinavia delighted in the Sigurd Legend and manipulated their pictures into a Christian context.
Although Christianity came to Scandinavia from Europe, most similarities are found between the runestone crosses and crosses from the British Isles. Trade and cultural exchange between Northern Jutland and the West, and Insular import on the Port of Sebbersund and the Eastern Limfjord are presented.