Gunhild’s Cross: Seeing a Romanesque Masterwork through Denmark

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Abstract

The development of Christian art in Denmark began c.960 under royal patronage and developed gradually over the following century, adopting and adapting ideas from other parts of western Europe. The canonisation of King Cnut (died 1086) provided a national saint. Around 1100, his sister Gunhild commissioned an ivory cross which may have been donated to Odense, where Cnut was martyred. The ideology of the imagery and the inscriptions echo the rhetoric around Cnut's sanctity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-457
Number of pages26
JournalArt History
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date30 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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