Wooden Madonna tabernacles from c.1150-c.1350 are today scarce, and it is, therefore, difficult to get a complete understanding of their original appearance and variations.
Nevertheless, there are still preserved 17 Madonna tabernacles, or substantial fragments of them in Scandinavia, which can give us a picture of the variety of appearance and form these large tabernacles had in this period. There are also at least 12 tabernacles preserved from c. 1150-c. 1350 in Southern Europe; nine from Spain and three in Italy.
In this project, I will explore the form and Iconography of these Madonna tabernacles in open and closed position.
An often-neglected aspect of these tabernacles is their appearance in the closed position; What type of decorations or motives do we find on the exterior? Can a closer examination of the exterior of these tabernacles provide more understanding of their function and later development? And is there a difference between a closed Madonna tabernacle and a closed tabernacle of another saint?
In what way and why do the tabernacles changes in the second half of the of 14th century?
- Status Under arbeid
- Finansiert av NIKU
- Tidsperiode 2019-