The Norwegian Institute in Rome celebrates 50

On Sept. 25, Her Majesty The Queen attended the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Norwegian Institute in Rome, writes Kongehuset on its website

The Institute is marking the occasion with a variety of activities, including academic seminars and guided tours of Rome.

The celebration was held at the American Academy in Rome, where Queen Sonja received a warm welcome from Turid Karlsen Seim, Director of the Norwegian Institute in Rome. The programme included artistic as well as academic events.

Richard Brilliant, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, presented the seminar’s keynote lecture entitled “Late antiquity”.

In her remarks to the Institute, Queen Sonja stated: “I must admit that I feel a little envious of the students at the Institute – who have the chance to delve into history and study art and architecture precisely here in Rome, so close to the sources – as we have heard is quite necessary. We can clearly see that understanding the past is the very key to understanding our own time, and possibly get an idea about the future.”

The Institute is administered by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Oslo (UiO). The academic staff carries out research and teaching in  archaeology, art- and cultural history of the Mediterranean countries, the research being mostly on an individual basis, but also in the form of institute projects, whether alone or in cooperation with other institutions in Italy or Norway.

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