Anyway, in accordance with the plan, we were up bright and early on Friday morning to go to the Munch Museum. I had seen (photos of) maybe three or four Munch works only, so other than this:
In person, The Scream is beautiful, especially the colours of the sunset and the way the swirling, flowing lines work together in harmony throughout the painting. There are four versions of The Scream - the one in the Munch museum is the latest, from 1910 - and it is one of a set of three paintings: The Scream, Anxiety and Despair. This version of The Scream was stolen in 2004 and not recovered until two years later.
|You'd think he'd have used the same-sized canvas|
|I think this was just called Model on a Couch or something. Munch wasn't very creative with his titles|
|And this was something like Girl in a Red Dress on a Couch (or similar)|
|The Viking section featured a ton of these bizarre cloth creations, here featuring the goddess Freya|
|Judging by the hammer, this is Thor|
|A medieval altar cover. These guys' facial expressions crack me up|
|Got an enemy, a severed horse's head, and a wooden pole? Then make a Nithing Pole in order to bring down the wrath of the gods on your enemies! A totally sane how-to guide in the horse exhibition|
|The fantastic 13th century painted ceiling|
|Close-up of Elizabeth visiting the Virgin Mary|
|Herod listening to the devil telling him to slaughter the innocents|
|Gunnar, another character in the saga of Sigurd, was thrown into a pit of serpents for some reason. He played the harp with his toes and managed to send all the serpents except one to sleep. The remaining serpent bit him to death. Bummer.|
|Ha, this guy! We saw the carved version of this head at the Viking Ship museum, but I like him even better chilling out here.|
|An unusual Viking water jug|
After the museum, we chilled out for a bit in the sunshine and then walked down to the sea to check out some lovely views of the city and the harbour from the site of Akershus castle and fortress, originally built in the late 13th century, but much altered over the years.
|Fountain in front of the town hall|
|Part of the Akershus Castle and Fortress|
|View of the harbour|
If you've ever wondered what I sound like, you can hear my obnoxious accent and inane commentary in this video of the view from the fortress:
In the evening, we had a lovely meal of tapas near our apartment, including patatas bravas that were miles better than I had in Barcelona, lovely soft bread with aioli, delicious chicken, tender squid, spicy chorizo, etc. All topped off with (in my case) a yummy chocolate mousse cake with a tasty raspberry coulis. I think we did very well navigating through the menu as well, since it was only in Spanish and Norwegian!
We're taking a wee roadtrip up north tomorrow. It's been mostly lovely weather so far, so fingers crossed it will continue!