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Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part IV, Art

One of the most famous Norwegian painters, Adolph Tidemand, incorporated traditional Bridal Crowns in many pieces of his art:

Wings of Whimsy: Tidemand & Gude - Brudeferd i Hardanger (The Bridal Procession in Hardanger)
Tidemand & Gude – Brudeferd i Hardanger  1848 (Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord)
Wings of Whimsy: Tidemand & Gude - Brudeferd i Hardanger
Tidemand & Gude – Detail of Brudeferd i Hardanger 1848 (Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord)

Adolph Tidemand became and has remained, one of the prominent painters representing Norwegian Romantic Nationanlism. The movement peaked around 1840-1860, but has had tremendous impact on the Norwegian identity as we know it today!

All the images are clickable, if you would like to study the Bridal Crown Art more closely, some of these are supersized (!) 😀

Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1865
Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1865 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1865 Detail
Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1865 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1867
Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1867 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bestemors brudekrone 1867 Detail
Adolph Tidemand – Bestemors brudekrone 1867 (Grandmothers Bridal Crown) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting 1870
Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting 1870 (Adorning the Bride)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting 1870 Detail
Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting 1870 (Adorning the Bride) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting på stabburet 1858
Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting på stabburet 1858 (Adorning the Bride in the Storehouse)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudepynting på stabburet 1858 Detail
Adolph Tidemand – Brudepynting på stabburet 1858 (Adorning the Bride in the Storehouse) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudetog gjennom skogen 1873
Adolph Tidemand – Et brudetog gjennom skoven 1873 (Bridal Procession Through The Forest)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brudetog gjennom skogen 1873
Adolph Tidemand – Et brudetog gjennom skoven 1873 (Bridal Procession Through The Forest) Detail
Illustrasjon hentet fra boken Norske Folkelivsbilleder av Tidemand, Adolph og utgitt av Chr. Tønsberg (Christiania, 1854)
Adolph Tidemand – Et brudefølge 1854 (A Bridal Procession)
Illustrasjon hentet fra boken Norske Folkelivsbilleder av Tidemand, Adolph og utgitt av Chr. Tønsberg (Christiania, 1854)
Adolph Tidemand – Et brudefølge 1854 (A Bridal Procession) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - En brudeferd til vanns 1854
Adolph Tidemand – En brudeferd til vanns 1854 (A Bridal Procession on Water)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - En brudeferd til vanns 1854 - Detail
Adolph Tidemand – En brudeferd til vanns 1854 (A Bridal Procession on Water) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Raad for uraad 1848
Adolph Tidemand – Raad for uraad 1848
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Raad for uraad 1848
Adolph Tidemand – Raad for uraad 1848 Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bryllup Hardanger 1870
Adolph Tidemand – Bryllup Hardanger 1870 (Hardanger Wedding)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bryllup Hardanger 1870
Adolph Tidemand – Bryllup Hardanger 1870 (Hardanger Wedding) Detail
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Slagsmål i et bondebryllup 1861
Adolph Tidemand – Slagsmål i et bondebryllup 1861 (A Farm Wedding Fight)
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Brud Telemark
Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Telemark
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Hallingdal 1849
Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Hallingdal 1849
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Hardanger 1849
Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Hardanger 1849
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Voss 1855
Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Voss 1855
Wings of Whimsy: Adolph Tidemand - Bride from Setesdal - 1st & 2nd day of wedding festival 1848
Adolph Tidemand – Bride from Setesdal 1848 (Attires for 1st & 2nd day of wedding festival)
Bildet er hentet fra Nasjonalbibliotekets bildesamling
Adolph Tidemand Portrait

While Adolph Tidemand created many fine pieces with contemporary Bridal Crowns, other artist also explored the topic:

Wings of Whimsy: Johannes Flintø - Bunad Study, Bride & Groom, Valdres 1822
Johannes Flintø – Bunad Study, Bride & Groom, Valdres 1822
Wings of Whimsy: Johannes Flintø - Hardanger
Johannes Flintø – Hardanger
Wings of Whimsy: Johan Dreier period 1800-1833 Bride from Fana (Bergen)
Johan Dreier – Bride from Fana (Bergen), period 1800-1833
Wings of Whimsy: Johan Dreier period 1800-1833 Groom from Fana (Bergen)
Johan Dreier, period 1800-1833 – Groom from Fana (Bergen)
Wings of Whimsy: Johan Dreier period 1800-1833 Bride from Fana (Bergen)
Johan Dreier, period 1800-1833 – Bride from Fana (Bergen)
Wings of Whimsy: Frich - Bride & Groom Sunnmøre 1845
Frich – Bride & Groom Sunnmøre 1845
Wings of Whimsy: Duntze - Hardanger (Perlekrune) 1848
Duntze – Hardanger (Perlekrune) 1848
Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1851 Brudepar Hardanger
J F Eckersberg – Bride & Groom Hardanger 1851
Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1851 Brudepar Sunnmøre
J F Eckersberg – Bride & Groom Sunnmøre 1851
Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1850 Brudepar Setesdal
J F Eckersberg – Bride & Groom Setesdal 1850
Wings of Whimsy: J F Eckersberg 1851 Brudepynting Trøndelag (Adorning the Bride)
J F Eckersberg – Adorning the Bride Trøndelag 1851
Wings of Whimsy: Bergslien - A Wedding Ceremony 1858
Knud Bergslien – A Wedding Ceremony 1858
Wings of Whimsy: Bergslien - A Wedding Ceremony 1858 Detail
Knud Bergslien – A Wedding Ceremony 1858, Detail

Even internationally, the Norwegian Bridal Wear became subject to artistic depictions:

Wings of Whimsy: Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900
Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900
Wings of Whimsy: Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900
Bride Hardanger with Perlekrune (beaded crown ) ca 1900
Wings of Whimsy: Bride Nordfjord ca 1900
Bride Nordfjord ca 1900
Wings of Whimsy: Bride Sogn ca 1900
Bride Sogn ca 1900

The Anglo-Dutch artist Nico Jungmann visited Norway in the early 1900s, and these images are from his 1905 book about Norway:

Wings of Whimsy: Nico Jungman - Bride Hardanger 1905
Nico Jungman – Bride Hardanger 1905
Wings of Whimsy: Nico Jungman - Bride Voss 1905
Nico Jungman – Bride Voss 1905
Wings of Whimsy: Nico Jungman - Bride Setesdal 1905
Nico Jungman – Bride Setesdal 1905

I’m including a few printable collage sheet of Traditional Norwegian Brides:

jfeckersberg_bridalcrowns_wingsofwhimsy-kopi norwegianbridalcrowns_wingsofwhimsy-kopi nicojungman1905brides_wingsofwhimsy-kopi

Find your high quality copies, free for your personal use and enjoyment in the download folder below 🙂 

DOWNLOAD FOLDER

I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns in Photography.

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I have used imagery from the following sources for this post:

Adolph Tidemand Art – Digitalt Museum

Johan Fredrik Eckersberg Art – Digitalt Museum

Maynard’s Candy National Costume Cards – Museums Victoria

Norway by Nico Jungman – archive.org

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5 thoughts on “Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part IV, Art

  1. What a wonderful family tradition, and what a charming history and story. Very few of us have such an background that goes back so far.

  2. I enjoyed every one of these images, but the Grandmother’s Crown 1865 near the top of the post took my breath away! All the details of the room, especially Grandmother’s open chest, make you feel you are in the room with them. The wistful look on her face lets you know she is remembering her own wedding, while the almost solemn expression of the older girl says she is seriously thinking about the time she will be wearing the crown. Just beautiful! Thank you!

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