Professor Margrethe Stang, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, will present the Lindsay Fischer lecture in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Kirkwall, entitled “Medieval painted wooden vaults in Norwegian parish churches”.
Professor Stang is a medievalist and iconographer specializing in panel painting in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Her doctoral dissertation from 2009 discusses 31 surviving painted altar frontals (panel paintings) made in Norway c. 1250-1350, with emphasis on the iconography of the panels in relationship of the context for which they were made (mainly rural parish churches). The question of patronage features prominently in the discussion, a much neglected topic in previous scholarship on this material. Other research interests include the iconography of St Olav, medieval Scandinavian wall- and ceiling painting, the use of art in religious practice – liturgical and non-liturgical.
The Lindsay-Fischer lectureship was founded in 1980 in honour of Ian Gordon Lindsay (1906-66) and his friend Gerhard Fischer (1890-1977), both for their work on the historic architecture of Scotland and Norway respectively and for their achievement in promoting cordial relations between Scottish and Norwegian Scholars.
The Lindsay-Fischer Lecture is given in Edinburgh and Aberdeen by a Scandinavian scholar (and now Orkney – see below) and the Fischer-Lindsay Lecture is given in Oslo and elsewhere (as agreed) by a Scottish scholar. In 2008 the Strathmartine Trust generously agreed to co-host the Lindsay-Fischer lecture and allows the series to be extended to Orkney, to be presented in Kirkwall.
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