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I Felt Like Jumping for Joy: Smile and Laughter in Medieval Imagery
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
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, 215-239 p.Chapter 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.

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Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2017. 215-239 p.
Series
Konferenser / Kungl. Vitterhets historie och antikvitets akademien, ISSN 0348-1433 ; 92
Keyword [en]
medieval art, emotions, place, space, Folkungar Vadstena, Saint Birgitta
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Art History
Research subject
Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138751ISBN: 978-91-7402-447-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138751DiVA: diva2:1068571
Projects
The Vadstena Palace - place, space and presence
Note

Finansiär: Berit Wallenbergs Stiftelse.

Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2017-02-28Bibliographically approved

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