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Dr Margit Thofner


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Professional biography

Margit took her BA and MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and her DPhil at the University of Sussex. She has taught at Sussex, at St Andrews University, at Bristol University and at the University of East Anglia before she joined the Open University.

Research interests

Margit's research interests are mainly focused on the early modern period in the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia and the British Isles. They include painting, print, architecture, sculpture and range across the histories of religion, politics, gender, court culture, public rituals, urban spaces and musical culture.

Teaching interests

Margit's teaching interests include any work of art produced anywhere in the world during the early modern period. She is also keen to develop her understanding of the histories of colonialism and collecting, especially in relation to Inuit communities in Greenland and North America.


Why Giants? (2022-10)
Thofner, Margit
In: Verberckmoes, Johan ed. Zwierige Reuzen in de 18e eeuw en de Lierse ommegang van 1722 (pp. 18-35)
Publisher : Gezellen van 't Groot Volk | Published : Lier

‘Exulting and Adorning it in Exuberant Strains’: Music, Figuration and Ornamentation in Abel Schrøder’s altarpiece of 1667 (Skt Morten, Næstved, Denmark). (2020-10-29)
Thøfner, Margit
In: Hart, Imogen and Jones, Claire eds. Sculpture and the Decorative in Britain and Europe, Seventeenth Century to Contemporary. Material Culture of Art and Design (pp. 19-46)
ISBN : 9781501341250 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Visual Arts | Published : London