Skriftserie - Drammens Museum

Drammens Museum's new Writing Series

Volume 1 in Drammens Museum's Scripture Series The Tabernacle and the Holy Grail.

The book is the result of many years of research work in which the fully decorated farmhouses in Hallingdal and post-Reformation decorations in Numedalskriker are interpreted as images of the Tabernacle, the artfully woven tent that protected the ark of the covenant when Moses led the Jews through the desert. According to the Bible, the ark of the covenant was brought into the temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, which had just been built. The reason why these interpretations have been able to be so closely substantiated in the book is findings after close study, not only of the biblical texts, but in these monuments themselves, which have been studied closely and photographed. These photographs are used both in the book and in the exhibition.

The book is an original contribution to ornamental research, both in relation to international research since the end of the 19th century and as this fantastic material has been discussed by Norwegian art historians and cultural historians. Common to this tradition has been that such ornaments have no content, are not symbolic, referring to cultural values, worldviews or religious narratives, beyond a general sense of beauty and the need for visual order. The book contains a relatively thorough settlement with this tradition, which would not pursue the opening of forms towards meaningful content.

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