Digital Medieval pictures

24.04.2003
During the Humaniorafestival at Copenhagen University (KU) in April 2003 a new Nordic database will be launched. The database contains art images from all Nordic countries from the Medieval era. History researchers in all Nordic countries will benefit greately from this initiative, says professor of history at KU, Axel Bolvig.
During the Humaniorafestival at Copenhagen University (KU) in April 2003 a new Nordic database will be launched. The database contains art images from all Nordic countries from the Medieval era. History researchers in all Nordic countries will benefit greately from this initiative, says professor of history at KU, Axel Bolvig.

The professor, who originally initiated the construction of the database, characterises the launching as a change of paradigm for researchers in history of art and cultural histiry. He compares the digitalisation process to the invention of printing. The database contains more than 30 000 Nordic medieval images of all genres, including chalk paintings, sculptures, grafitti and altarpieces.

- Researchers of art history and cultural history have always had to travel to the objects. With the internet and this new database entirely new options appear. Now it is much easier to do comparative and quantitative analysis, professor Bolvig says to KU newspaper Universitetsavisen.

The image database will be officially opened by the dean at the Faculty of Humanities at KU, John Kuhlmann Madsen, on 27 April 2003.

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