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  Wooden friezes
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      Wooden friezes
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  • Wooden friezes - Oslo
      Wooden friezes
    by Cristian_Uluru

In the City Hall's courtyard you can see some wooden friezes made by Dagfin Werenskiold (1892-1977). Werenskiold's artistic expressions span painting, friezes, sculputers, graphics, ceramics and glass painting that you can find in the National Gallery and in others exibitions.
Most distinctive are his painted wooden friezes, where he continues an old Nordic tradition established in ecclesiastical and rural art.
He has completed 16 wooden friezes on the walls of the courtyard. Werenskiold's motifs are from Norse mythology. Here we find ancient myths about creation, the life of godsm the sources of wisdom, about love, hate, war, destiny, revenge, the demise of old worlds and powers, and magnificaent visions of the future.
There are two main historic sources: The Older Edda, which consists of divine and heroic poems, first recorded in the 13th century, and Snorre Sturlason's, written in prose circa 1220.

Address: Dokkvein
Directions: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the bay of the Oslo fjord.
Phone: 47 23 46 14 51
Website: http://www.oslo.kommune.no/english/politics-and-administration/oslo-city-hall/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2005
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