Fable animals, creatures and animal symbols

Fable animals, creatures and animal symbols

  • 13.11.2022 - 20.11.2022
  • Events, What to do in Stockholm
  • 120 SEK

Are you a fan of mythological creatures, myths, legends and history? Then this even is just for you! Grab your fantasy loving friends or family members and explore the medieval world of all mythical things.

Hear scientists talk about mythical creatures, monsters and animal symbols in the medieval world. This autumn’s lecture series follows the theme of the Medieval Museum’s new exhibition Between Fable and Fauna.

The woman, the bear and the devil
Ann-Sofi Forsmark, Head of Development, City Archives
Sunday 13 November 14.00-15.00
Hear about thieving creatures in medieval imagery. In late medieval churches there are imaginative images of a woman churning butter with the Devil. Sometimes she also has a bear to help her – a milk-stealing creature made of rags, blood and black magic.

The unicorn. A magical animal with many roots
Pia Bengtsson Melin, PhD, Swedish Museum of History
Sunday 20 November 14.00-15.00
At a glance, the unicorn looks like a horse but is anything but. In the Middle Ages it was seen as both a monster and a symbol of Christianity, and as an animal that could be killed but never tamed. Its horns were widely used as medicine and to combat poisoning, but were they real? Listen to art historian Pia Bengtsson Melin tell us about a fearsome animal with unimagined superpowers.

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The room is equipped with a hearing loop and is accessible for wheelchairs, walkers and prams.

Tickets: 120 SEK/lecture

Image: detail from Olaus Magnus’ Carta Marina from the 16th century.

Place: Strömparterren, Norrbro, Stockholm
Price: 120 SEK
Date: 13. 11. 2022
Time: 14:00

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