Harriet Margrethe Sonne de Torrens, BA, MA, MISt., Ph.D.

Head, Fine Arts Department
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, New York.

Education

Ph.D., Institute of Art History, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 2003.

MISt. Faculty of Information Science, University of Toronto. Date of Completion: May 2001.

MA, Centre for Medieval Studies and Art History Department, University of Toronto,1995.

BA Hon. Degree, (summa cum laude), Art History Department, University of Toronto, 1991.

Ph.D. Dissertation
De Fontibus Salvatoris: The Representation of the Childhood of Christ in the Celebration Baptism in Medieval Scandinavia

Publications

"The Stadil Altar Frontal: A Johannine Interpretation of the Nativity of Christ" to be published in 2003 by the University of Copenhagen Press. Collection of essays on altar frontals to be edited by Dr. E. Thunø from the Danish Academy in Rome. (forthcoming).

"The Three-Headed Trinity and Divine Wisdom in the Cloister Program at Alquézar (Spain)" Submitted to the University of Santiago de Compostela for publication in a collection of essays begin edited by Dr. Rocio Sanchez-Ameijeiras and Dr. José Luis Senra Gabriel y Galan. Currently in press.

"De fontibus salvatoris: A Survey of Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Baptismal Fonts Ornamented with Events from the Childhood of Christ" Objects, images and the word: art in the service of the liturgy, Princeton University Press, 2003.

"Sacrae Rei Signum: The Appropriation of Nuptial Iconography for Representing the Spiritual Marriage of Mary and Joseph in Medieval Scandinavia and Spain" Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art, November III, 2002.

Book review of Colin Drake's Romanesque Fonts of Northern Europe and Scandinavia (Boydell and Brewer, 2001) for Religion and the Arts: A Journal from Boston College 6-3 (2002): 397-400. Joint review with M.Torrens.

Book Review of "Sancta Birgitta: Revelaciones Book III" edited by Ann-Mari Jonsson (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1998). For the electronic journal The Medieval Review (tmr-l@wmich.edu), March 2000. http://www.hti.umich.edu/b/bmr/tmr.html

Book Review of "Stained Glass Windows" by Madeline H. Caviness (Turnhout: Brepols, 1996). Part of the TYPOLOGIE DES SOURCES DU MOYEN ÂGE OCIDENTAL. The review is for the electronic journal The Medieval Review (tmr-l@wmich.edu), September 1998.

"Discovery of a Sighraf Graveslab in the Grotlingbo Church on Gotland,"Konsthistorisk tidskrft LXIV, 1995, No.4; 197-203. (Stockholm, Sweden)

Altered Situations/Changing Strategies: The Canadian Worker in the Art of the 80's Catalogue written and produced for the accompanying art exhibition organized for Aspace Gallery, Toronto. 1984.

Wrote a series of brochures for the Art Gallery of Ontario, 1979-1980: Eisenstein: Drawings for the Theatre, Eisenstein: Drawings for "Ivan the Terrible", The Artists Jazz Band: Signatures in Time (included the artists Michael Snow, Gordon Rayner, Robert Markle, Graham Coughtry, Harvy Cowan, Terry Forster, Jim Jones, Nobuo Kubota and Gerald McAdam)

Papers and Conferences

December 6-8, 2002. Invited to give a paper at the Ancient Studies -- New Technology II, Rutgers University , NJ on the Baptisteria Sacra Project. http://tabula.rutgers.edu/conferences/ancient_studies2002 .

August 30 - September 3, 2002. Invited to give a paper at the 18th Nordiske Ikonografishe Symposium, entitled Værksted: Forlæg Og Stil - Ikonografi Og Program at Kalundborg, Denmark, organized by Prof. S.Kaspersen, University of Copenhagen, Ulla Haastrup and Ebbe Nyborg from the National Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

March 23-24, 2001. Invited to present a paper entitled " De fontibus Salvatoris: Baptism and Representations of the Childhood of Christ" at Princeton University in a conference about "Objects and Furniture in the Service of the Liturgy" organized by the Index of Christian Art. Collection of essays presented will be published the Index of Christian Art and the Princeton University Press. By invitation.

May 3 -6, 2001. Scheduled to present a paper at a session entitled, Altar and Image: Interrelationships, about the Golden altar frontals from medieval Scandinavia with Dr. Søren Kaspersen from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 3-6 2001, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. By invitation.

July 12, 2000. Presented a paper, entitled "Trinitarian Images: From Alquézar to Jaca" at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in England in the session entitled Revisiting Spain organized by Dr. Rocio Sanchez-Ameijeiras and Dr. José Luis Senra Gabriel y Galan from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. By invitation.

July 13-16, 1998. Organized a session for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in England entitled Iconographic Studies: Medieval Art and Liturgy I presented a paper entitled "Problems of Interpretation: The Representation of the Baptismal Ritual on Medieval Works of Art". Two other participants, Dr. Rose Walker from the Courtauld Institute and Dr. L. Rutchik from Chapel Hill in North Carolina,USA gave papers in the session.

July 8-11 1996. Organized a session for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in England entitled "Studies in Art History: Questions of Migration, Transformations and Influence in Medieval Spain and Scandinavia". Axel Bolvig and S.Kaspersen from the University of Copenhagen and Rocio Sanchez-Ameijeiras from the University of Santiago in Spain participated.

July 1995. Organized a session for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds in England entitled "Studies in Art History: Gotland in the Middle Ages". Lars Berggren from Lund University contributed a paper on Gotland Fonts. I presented a paper entitled, "Changing Perceptions of Mary and Joseph's Spiritual Union in a Thirteenth Century Missal from Spain."

March and May 1993. "The Aakirkeby Baptismal Font" paper presented at the Thirteenth Annual Conference for Canadian Medieval Art Historians, Laval University, Quebec on March 4th, 1993 and the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, University of Michigan, May 7th, 1993.

Other Activities

Listowner of MEDIEVAL ART Discussion Group at the University of Toronto since 1994. 450 members from around the world. See http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~hsonne/MedartL


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