Maria H. Oen

Maria Oen


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Works at Department of History
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D, plan 9
Postal address Historia 106 91 Stockholm

About me


2015 Ph.D., Art History, University of Oslo. Dissertation: The Visions of St. Birgitta: A Study of the Making and Reception of Images in the Later Middle Ages

2010 Diplôme Européen d'Études Médiévales, Fédération Internationale des Institutes d'Études Médiévales (FIDEM), Rome

2009 M. Phil., Art History, University of Oslo. Dissertation: Devotion and Interpretation: A Study of the Miraculous Image of SS. Annunziata in Florence and the Pictorial Understanding in the Early Modern Period

2009 Studies in Latin and Italian, University of Oslo/The Norwegian Institute in Rome

2006 B.A., Art History and Philosophy, University of Oslo


Research Interests

  • Medieval and early modern visual culture
  • Pilgrimage and the Holy Land in the Middle Ages
  • Birgitta of Sweden & Catherine of Siena
  • Medieval manuscripts and illuminations
  • Visions and visual experience
  • Art and knowledge
  • Cult images
  • Medieval iconography
  • Theory and method in the study of medieval art
  • Art and anthropology
  • Art and the cult of saints



The Locus of Truth: Birgitta of Sweden and the Journey to Jerusalem (Funded by The Norwegian Research Council/Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions’ COFUND at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholm University and Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, 2017-2020)

Birgitta of Sweden & Catherine of Siena: Authorship and Sanctity in the 14th Century and Beyond (Financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond at Dept. of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University, 2017)



Oen, Maria H. and Unn Falkeid, Sanctity and Female Authorship in the 14th Century and Beyond: Birgitta of Sweden & Catherine of Siena, Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture (London and New York: Routledge, 2019 [under contract])

Oen, Maria H., with Claire L. Sahlin ed., A Companion to Birgitta of Sweden and Her Legacy in the Later Middle Ages, Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition (Leiden: Brill, 2019 [under contract])

Oen, Maria H., “Iconography and Visions: St. Birgitta’s Revelation of the Nativity of Christ,” in The Locus of Meaning in Medieval Art: Iconography, Iconology and Interpreting the Visual Imagery of the Middle Ages, ed. L. Liepe. Studies in Iconography: Themes and Variations. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2018, pp. 212-237 (ISBN 9781580443432)

Oen, Maria H., “Review of The Saturated Sensorium: Principles of Perception and Mediation in the Middle Ages, ed. by Lohfert Jørgensen, Laugerud & Skinnebach,” in Collegium Medievale 29 (2016): 143-147 (ISSN 0801-9282)

Oen, Maria Husabø, “Franciskus och visionens ikonografi,” in Mellan himmel och helvete. Bilder och berättelser från senmedeltidens Italien. Red. O. Ferm and P. Förnegård. Stockholm: Atlantis, 2015, 123-151 (ISBN 9789173537209)

Oen, Maria Husabø, “Sight, Body and Imagery in the Visionary Experiences of Birgitta,” in The Birgittine Experience. Papers from the Birgitta Conference in Stockholm 2011Red. C. Gejrot, M. Åkestam och R. Andersson. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2013, 190-208 (ISBN 9789174024173)

Oen, Maria Husabø, “The Origins of a Miraculous Image: Notes on the Annunciation Fresco in SS. Annunziata in Florence,” Konsthistorisk Tidskrift / Journal of Art History 80, no. 1 (2011): 1-22 (ISSN 0023 3609)

Last updated: October 2, 2018

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