Sweden - Art2015
By Anastacia Sampson
The art production from Sweden has a long and developed history. Swedish art has been greatly influenced by various other countries and to this day art work is a thriving part of the national culture.
The beginning of art work has been traced to the period after the ice age. Petroglyphs (incisions in rock to create drawings, images or markings) have been dated from 7000 BC and Sweden lays claim to some of the biggest collections of this prehistoric art form.
From 200 AD to 1130 there was a profound output of rune stones. An original rune stone is a raised rock, bedrock or boulder with a detailed inscription. The inscriptions are in the runic alphabet. Rune stones are unique to Nordic countries and Sweden is recognised as having been the site of the greatest number of created rune stones.
Roman architecture style spread across Europe from 1000 AD to about the 13th century. Romanesque art had associations with Roman designs. Europe was a great creator of gothic art and it was this art form that was absorbed by Swedish artists from the second half of the 13th century.