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Eli Heldaas Seland

Born 1976, married, two children.

Ph.d. at the University of Bergen, 2012. Thesis: Vizualizing the Virgin. The Visual Culture of Marian Apparitions in Nineteenth-Century France.

Cand.philol. in Art History, University of Bergen, 2002. Thesis: “Billedfortelling i Katarinakapellet. Lesninger av Masolino da Panicales narrative freskesyklus i San Clemente, Roma” – A study of narrative structures in the fresco cycle in Saint Catherine’s Chapel in San Clemente, painted by Masolino da Panicale in the 1420s.  

Academic career:
PhD student at Bergen Museum, Cultural History Collections, Department of Coins and Medals, from March 2005. – 2012.

Research assistant at Bergen Museum, Cultural History Collections, Department of Coins and Medals, September-October 2004.

Lecturer at Department of Cultural Studies and Art History, University of Bergen, 2003.  


”The visual rhetoric of medals representing nineteenth-century Marian apparitions”,  in Henning Laugerud & Salvador Ryan, (eds.) Devotional cultures of European Christianity, 1790-1960, Dublin 2012, p. 75-95.

”Travelling Images: Our Lady of Lourdes in Popular Piety and Art”, in Vakkari, Johanna (ed.): Mind and Matter – Selected papers of Nordik 2009 Conference for Art Historians. Helsinki 2010, p. 32-49.

”19th Century Devotional Medals”, in Laugerud, Henning and Skinnebach, Laura Katrine (eds.): Instruments of Devotion, The Practices and Objects of Religious Piety from the Late Middle Ages to the 20th Century, Århus 2007, p. 157-172.

”Pictorial Narrative in St. Catherine’s Chapel: Reading Masolino da Panicale’s Narrative Fresco Cycle in S. Clemente, Rome”, in Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia, Vol. XIX, N.S.5, Roma 2005, p. 141-163.