Photos and Paintings Track Medieval Icelandic Sagas in Manhattan Exhibit6 October, 2012 at 18:39 | Posted in Culture, picture of the day | Leave a comment
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NEW YORK—The English-speaking world has the tales of King Arthur. The Arab world has “One Thousand and One Nights.” The Scandinavian people of Iceland have the “Íslendingasögur,” or “The Sagas of Icelanders”—which are arguably more embedded in the landscape of its people than other ancient tales.
While the English might speculate about the location of Camelot, Icelanders know the exact locations of the sagas, even down to the farms featured in the stories.
“We have people living in the same farms,” said renowned Icelandic photographer Einar Falur Ingólfsson.
A new exhibit of paintings and photographs at Scandinavia House, in Midtown Manhattan, tiptoes across the centuries to make the sagas vividly come to life.