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The Holy and the Secular: Late Medieval Church Paintings and Their Didactic Message
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

 

The Holy and the Secular: Late Medieval Church Paintings and Their Didactic Message studies the wall paintings in two Swedish churches in Ärentuna and Tensta as didactic communication. In this thesis, the message studied closely is how sinfulness and virtue are communicated through visual signs. Three aspects are of interest: how the visual environment of the late medieval church interior likely affected the didactic message, how human figures were used to mark behaviours as virtuous or sinful and whether biblical and non-biblical material were illustrated differently and if so, how. The result of the study was that images with important didactic roles were usually placed in places where they would be visible to non-clergy visitors in the church. The study confirmed the results of previous research and found several different ways to mark sinful or virtuous behaviour, such as gestures, clothing, expressions and angels and demons. It appears that in the studied material, angels and demons are especially common markers when the scene portrayed is not directly from the Bible, but rather from another source. The study also confirms another result of previous research, that religion was deeply embedded in the secular life of the late medieval period, but at the same time aspects of secular culture were displayed in church art, and there was an ongoing dialogue between the two.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
the Middle Ages, medieval, late medieval, medieval art, churches
Keywords [sv]
medeltiden, senmedeltiden, kalkmålningar
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352672OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-352672DiVA, id: diva2:1214489
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History
Educational program
Upper Secondary School Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-07 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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