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Art History

Viking raid may have saved British artefact

A gold object was stolen by Vikings and later buried with its new owner in Norway. That twist of fate probably saved a part of one of the oldest known British croziers.

Munch was his own art disseminator

Edvard Munch used the media and contemporary methods to disseminate his work. He was a modern man of his time, says art professor.

Ancient sculptures were full of colour

The ancient Greek and Roman sculptures were not just white. They were filled with colour, and a new research project aims to restore these lost colours.

Prostitution in old Oslo

Prostitution was illegal in Norway at the end of the 1800s but allowed in Oslo as long as the women submitted themselves to mandatory medical scrutiny. A new exhibition documents the lives of these women.

The mysterious stone Madonna of the North

Saved from mould and darkness, she’s a source of mysteries – Norway’s one and only painted stone Madonna from the Middle Ages.

Politics blend with art in modern protest on old chinese platter

New and old, politics and art meet when potter Paul Scott states his protest against the arrest of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei.

Stone Age cartoons

More than 1,000 rock carvings abound on Kanozero Island in Northern Russia. One of them beats The Flintstones by several millennia.

Legacy of a dexterous northerner

Tromsø University Museum has a rocking chair of unknown origin, which demonstrates the handicraft of ordinary people.

Surrealism is mind-boggling

Beautiful surrealistic pictures can change our impression of the world, says a researcher. See examples of mind-boggling art here.

Old ship art examined

Curator Anne Tove Austbø welcomes assistance in interpreting a puzzling rudder ornament.