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The Nordic Paintings of Mårten Eskil Winge | Renegade Tribune
Mårten Eskil Winge was a Swedish artist specialized in history and Norse mythology paintings. It's evident how history and mythology are here blended to construct a new kind of national religion.

Mårten Eskil Winge was a Swedish artist specialized in history and Norse mythology paintings. Winge was strongly influenced by his compatriot the Romantic painter Nils Johan Olsson Blommér.

It’s evident how history and mythology are here blended to construct a new kind of a secular national religion. Even though Winge’s chainmail and clothing looked more realistic than on history paintings from the beginning of the century his work was never about realism.

Winge was taught at the Cathedral School in Uppsala, where the old temple to the Nordic gods had been located before it was destroyed by Christians. This likely had a strong influence on his work.