Simen K. Nielsen

PhD Candidate
A PhD Candidate in History, my background is in the History of Art (BA and MA), where my emphasis has been early modern Europe in general and the sixteenth century in particular. My MA thesis explored the religious imagery of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in connection with post-Tridentine spirituality and visual theology. Caravaggio's "Crucifixion of St. Peter" became the nexus and optic through which I traced a revitalization of a palaeochristian poetics - one I approached through the notion of the "iconic" and the visual matrix of the icon.

An Aker Scholar at Cambridge, my degree is supported by Aker Scholarship.

I am supervised by Prof. Alexandra Walsham.
At the University of Cambridge, I have been working on the relationships between image and theology in post-Reformation England. Exploring notions of norm and form, memory and materiality, rhetoric and representation in confessional discourse, my doctoral thesis will examine the idea of "Making". As a productive, charged and contested concept at the heart of early modern visual culture, "Making" becomes locus where categories such as Genesis, creativity, sacramentality and iconoclasm intermingle and scuffle.


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Key publications

'Forging a Language of Lies: Truth, Falsehood and Making in Early Modern England,' Konsthistorisk tidskrift / Journal of Art History, Volume 91, Issue 1: Fakes and Forgeries in the Early Modern Period, 2022: 38-55.