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Elina Räsänen


  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)



1990 …2020

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Curriculum vitae

I am Senior Lecturer in Art History. My research focuses on late medieval art of Northern Europe, particularly around the Baltic Sea region. The material consists of altarpieces with sculptures and panel paintings, effigies, embroideries and various objects of material culture in general. Issues of spatial, corporeal and material aspects of art as well as of iconography are empasized in my research. My recent scholarly interest is in the 'second life' of medieval sculptures: what happened to them after their active use as part of the Catholic liturgy? What kind of iconoclasm took place in Finland after the Reformation? Related to this, I am interested in fragmentation and breakage.

I am on a leave of absence till 31.12.2021. As a member of the project Carving Out Transformations - Wood Use in North-Eastern Europe, 1100-1600 (2018-2022) funded by the Academy of Finland, I was appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Turku 1.9.2019-31.7.2020. Presently, I am PI in a research project Fragmentation and Iconoclashes in Medieval and Early Modern Objects (2020-2023), funeded by the Kone Foundation, affiliated at the University of Helsinki.


Education information

Doctor of Philosophy, Art History

Fields of Science

  • 6132 Visual arts and design
  • Art History
  • Medieval Art
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Cultural History
  • Cultural heritage

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