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Åkestam, Mia
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Åkestam, M. (2017). Creating Space: Queen Philippa and Art in Vadstena Abbey. In: Elin Andersson, Claes Gejrot, E. A. Jones, Mia Åkerstam (Ed.), Continuity and change: Papers from the Birgitta Conference at Dartington (pp. 41-63). Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Creating Space: Queen Philippa and Art in Vadstena Abbey
2017 (English)In: Continuity and change: Papers from the Birgitta Conference at Dartington / [ed] Elin Andersson, Claes Gejrot, E. A. Jones, Mia Åkerstam, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017, p. 41-63Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 93
Keywords
medieval, space, queenship, Vadstena, Birgitta
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146530 (URN)978-91-7402-449-4 (ISBN)
Projects
The Vadstena Palace - Place, Space and Presence
Funder
The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (KVHAA)
Note

Worshops financed by UK Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-31 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Åkestam, M. (2017). I Felt Like Jumping for Joy: Smile and Laughter in Medieval Imagery. In: Per Förnegård, Erika Kihlman, Mia Åkestam, Gunnel Engwall (Ed.), Tears, Sighs and Laughter: Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages (pp. 215-239). Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I Felt Like Jumping for Joy: Smile and Laughter in Medieval Imagery
2017 (English)In: Tears, Sighs and Laughter: Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages / [ed] Per Förnegård, Erika Kihlman, Mia Åkestam, Gunnel Engwall, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017, p. 215-239Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within a hundred years The Bjälbo- or the Folkungar-palace in Vadstena by the Lake Vättern, was built (c. 1250) and transformed from king Valdemars royal palace to the nuns´s convent in the Birgittine monastery (1360s). This paper deals with an era in Swedish history when a powerful nobility wanted to establish a courtly culture and connected to a broader European context in politics as well as in religious life. Birgitta Birgersdotter (1303–1373) was a part of, and a strong force in, this milieu. New attitudes towards smile and laughter ought to be an important factor in such a transformation. Sweden was peripheral  in relation to central cultural areas, but the ambitions to establish the aristocracy after a german/french model was taken very seriously in  13th century Sweden. This is also true for architecture and sculpture. The grand cathedrals of France, Germany and England were models and “the gothic smile” was an ideal outside the courts. By stressing the importance public spaces the paper shows how a visual culture, profane and religious, could be adopted in remote areas. The meeting with medieval faces is a challence not only for us contemporary wievers, but was also during the middle ages.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 92
Keywords
medieval art, emotions, place, space, Folkungar Vadstena, Saint Birgitta
National Category
Art History
Research subject
Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138751 (URN)978-91-7402-447-0 (ISBN)
Projects
The Vadstena Palace - place, space and presence
Note

Finansiär: Berit Wallenbergs Stiftelse.

Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Förnegård, P., Kihlman, E., Åkestam, M. & Engwall, G. (Eds.). (2017). Tears, sighs and laughter: Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tears, sighs and laughter: Expressions of Emotions in the Middle Ages
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the 1990s a new interest for research on emotions and affectivity in the humanities and the social sciences began to develop. This movement, later referred to as “the affective turn”, has been a most productive and vigorous field of research in the past decades, as it opens up for new interpretations of historical source materials and enables studies of the relationship between states of mind and materiality. In addition, it prompts questions of, for example, gender, power and religiosity, thus being conducive to a fuller understanding of historical events, places and persons. This anthology is the result of the Marcus Wallenberg symposium at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities in early spring 2014. All studies included concern the interpretation of emotional expression in medieval art and literature written by scholars representing a wide variety of disciplines.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017. p. 330
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 92
Keywords
Middle Ages, affectivity, expressions, emotins, medieval studies, material culture, humor theory, medieval texts, representation
National Category
Art History Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138756 (URN)978-91-7402-447-0 (ISBN)
Note

Tears, Sighs and Laughter - Medieval Studies. A Marcus Wallenberg Symposium, Stockholm 6–9 March 2014.

Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Ferm, O., Hedström, I., Lodén, S., Pettersson, J. & Åkestam, M. (2015). The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: A Preface. In: Olle Ferm, Ingela Hedström, Sofia Lodén, Jonatan Pettersson, Mia Åkestam (Ed.), The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: Time, Texts and Cultural Transfer: Papers from a Symposium in Stockholm 11-13 October 2012 (pp. 7-9). Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
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2015 (English)In: The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: Time, Texts and Cultural Transfer: Papers from a Symposium in Stockholm 11-13 October 2012 / [ed] Olle Ferm, Ingela Hedström, Sofia Lodén, Jonatan Pettersson, Mia Åkestam, Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2015, p. 7-9Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2015
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 88
National Category
History and Archaeology Languages and Literature Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127589 (URN)9789174024364 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Ferm, O., Hedström, I., Lodén, S., Pettersson, J. & Åkestam, M. (Eds.). (2015). The Eufemiavisor and Courtly Culture: Time, Texts and Cultural Transfer: Papers from a Symposium in Stockholm 11-13 October 2012. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
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2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2015. p. 288
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 88
Keywords
Eufemiavisor, courtly culture, Herr Ivan, Flores och Blanzeflor, Hertig Fredrik av Normandie, medieval history, medieval literature, medieval art, Old Swedish, Old Norse, Old French, medieval manuscripts, text history
National Category
History and Archaeology Languages and Literature Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127587 (URN)978-91-7402-436-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-08 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Ahlbäck Åkestam, M. (. (2013). Mastering Desires: Images of Love, Lust and Want in Fourteenth Century Vadstena (500ed.). In: Anders Cullhed, Carin Franzén, Anders Hallengren, Mats Malm (Ed.), Pangs of Love and longing: Configurations of desire in Premodern litterature (pp. 235-252). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mastering Desires: Images of Love, Lust and Want in Fourteenth Century Vadstena
2013 (English)In: Pangs of Love and longing: Configurations of desire in Premodern litterature / [ed] Anders Cullhed, Carin Franzén, Anders Hallengren, Mats Malm, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 500, p. 235-252Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Lady Birgitta Birgersdotter (ca 1303–1373), Saint Birgitta of Sweden, was born and lived in an environment with noble ideals and with extensive international contacts. She was a wife and mother of eight, and a lady at the court of king Magnus Eriksson and Magistra to Queen Blanche of Sweden. Lady Birgitta was a traveller and a pilgrim. As a widow, she chosed the spiritual life not by retreat to a nunnery, but by leaving the country with the aim of founding a new monastic order. Birgitta and her large entourage began the journey to Rome in 1349.

Her background in the highest nobility, and a courtly culture that she highly esteemed, is reflected in her revelations. I will argue that this courtliness is also communicated in the use of imagery in Vadstena monastery the years around 1400. But pictures were not without its problems, as will become apparent in another example in the very same context.

The Revelations were written down in Latin and in Old Swedish from the 1340s in Sweden to her death in Rome in July1373. Saint Birgitta had reason to reflect on issues like desire not only from her own private perspective, but also because her Revelations in the end formed the basis for an international monastic order. On the one hand there were bodily desires that should be mastered, on the other there was a religious desire for God.

The revelations were widely spread. During the canonization to en elite among the clergy, kings and noblemen and later they were used in the Birgittine convents, and quoted in innumerable sermons and spread to cathedrals and the parish churces. Therefore, they can be used when the aim is to highlight the use of imagery and devotional life in the Middle Ages. These texts reached far beyond the scholarly and monastic environment.

This paper focuses on expressions of the ambivalent relationship as indicated above. My intention is to highlight the often complex relation between text and image, and to include adopting of form between secular and spiritual imagery in the discussion. As desires involves feelings, I will pay attention to expressions of the senses. The question is if and how the presumed ambivalence between worldly and spiritual, is evident in the Revelations and imagery in Vadstena? What visual codes were used? How was imagery used, and what attitudes towards imagery can we trace through text and images?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013 Edition: 500
National Category
Art History Visual Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97017 (URN)9781443847636 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-12-01 Created: 2013-12-01 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Gejrot, C., Åkestam, M. & Andersson, R. (Eds.). (2013). The Birgittine Experience: Papers from the Birgitta conference in Stockholm 2011. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien
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2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Birgittine Experience contains a broad overview of recent scholarship on Saint Birgitta and the Birgittine Order. The nineteen papers were originally presented at an international conference in Stockholm in October 2011.The conference and the book are interdisciplinary, gathering scholars that specialise in various fields, for instance Art History, Literature, Scandinavian Languages and History. The authors represent ten countries – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, England, Poland, Estonia, the United States and Israel. Three major themes were envisaged for the conference: Birgittine art and culture, vernacular texts and literature, and Birgittine activities outside Vadstena. Although a few papers could easily have been placed in more than one group, these themes also form the structure of the printed book.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2013. p. 400
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 82
Keywords
Saint Birgitta, Vadstena Abbey, Birgittine Order, medieval history, medieval literature, medieval
National Category
Art History History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97016 (URN)9789174024173 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-12-01 Created: 2013-12-01 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Åkestam, M. (2010). Bebådelsebilder: Om bildbruk under medeltiden. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Runica et Mediævalia
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2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
The Annunciation : On the use of imagery during the Middle Ages
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the Annunciation motif and the use of images in a medieval socio-cultural context. There are almost 400 medieval images of the Annunciation from the period 1150–1550 in Sweden today. It is found in murals, baptismal fonts, paintings, wooden sculpture, stone reliefs, liturgical vessels, textile works and altarpieces. The aim of the thesis is to present this rich and varied material, and also to relate the images to the milieus where they were used and viewed as objects of cult, and to elucidate the historical situation in which they were used for communicative purposes.  It is argued that an “image-culture” perspective and a long-term investigation can reveal other aspects than a specific study, and that it is fruitful to equally emphasize the rhetoric of the image, the beholders part and the historical context. Hence the picture analysis is based on semiotics and rhetoric analysis of pictures and reception theory. With this point of departure the thesis addresses iconographic problems and shows that text as a source and explanation of historical image can be insufficient.

The study shows that the figures’ gestures and body language, their contenace, is crucial for our understanding, and remains the most important mark of identification. The motif can be identified even with an angel without wings. The meaning of this universal picture could then be enlarged with specific attributes and symbols with a purpose to emphasize specific ideas. In context this elucidates bishopric, monastic as well as worldly use of imagery. The image context includes motifs from classical antiquity, references to the pious Christian worshiper, as well as symbolic staging of the Gospels and Christian faith. More expected is the biblical history. The motif can also be displayed alone, and thus it can be regarded as a sign. An important outcome is that the Annunciation not is used in legendary suites or in narratives of the Virgin Mary. Hence, the relationship between image and text is not uncomplicated. The thesis shows that people in the Middle Ages were fully aware of the use of pictures and skilfully used the rhetoric of the image.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Runica et Mediævalia, 2010. p. 448
Series
Scripta minora, ISSN 1103-7989 ; 19
Keywords
Annunciation, Virgin Mary, angel, Gabriel, incarnation, medieval art, gesture, visual rethoric, reception, image culture, image context, liturgy, devotional image, palm, crown, pattens, medieval Sweden, Gotland, Lake Mälar district, Vadstena, St. Birgitta of Sweden, power, crusade, pilgrimage, Bebådelsen, jungfru Maria, ängel, Gabriel, inkarnation, medeltidskonst, gestik, bildretorik, reception, bildkultur, bildkontext, liturgi, andaktsbild, palm, krona, patinor, medeltida Sverige, Gotland, Mälardalen, Vadstena, Heliga Birgitta, makt, korståg, pilgrimsresa
National Category
Art History
Research subject
History Of Art
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43494 (URN)978-91-88568-46-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-11-19, hörsal 4, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2010-10-28 Created: 2010-10-17 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
Gejrot, C., Risberg, S. & Åkestam, M. (Eds.). (2010). Saint Birgitta, Syon and Vadstena: papers from a symposium in Stockholm 4–6 October 2007. Paper presented at Symposium, Stockholm 4-6 oktober 2007. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien och antikvitets akademien
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Saint Birgitta, Syon and Vadstena: papers from a symposium in Stockholm 4–6 October 2007
2010 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien och antikvitets akademien, 2010. p. 301
Series
Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien. Konferenser, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 73
Keywords
Saint Birgitta, Birgittines, Vadstena, Syon Abbey, manuscripts
National Category
History Religious Studies Art History
Research subject
History; Latin; Archaeology; Art History; Scandinavian Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-46016 (URN)978-91-7402-394-7 (ISBN)
Conference
Symposium, Stockholm 4-6 oktober 2007
Available from: 2010-11-18 Created: 2010-11-18 Last updated: 2022-03-15Bibliographically approved
Ahlbäck Åkestam, M. (. (2009). For a chosen few: the annunciation motif in a Birgittine context. In: Olle Ferm, Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese, Marcello Rotili (Ed.), Santa Brigida, Napoli, l'Italia: atti del convegno di studi italo-svedese, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, 10-11 maggio 2006. Paper presented at convegno di studi italo-svedese, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, 10-11 maggio 2006 (pp. 191-207). Napoli
Open this publication in new window or tab >>For a chosen few: the annunciation motif in a Birgittine context
2009 (English)In: Santa Brigida, Napoli, l'Italia: atti del convegno di studi italo-svedese, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, 10-11 maggio 2006 / [ed] Olle Ferm, Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese, Marcello Rotili, Napoli, 2009, p. 191-207Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Napoli: , 2009
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50786 (URN)978-88-6419-014-3 (ISBN)
Conference
convegno di studi italo-svedese, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, 10-11 maggio 2006
Available from: 2010-12-30 Created: 2010-12-30 Last updated: 2022-02-24Bibliographically approved
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