Viking art: Beyond barbarians

We tend to view the Viking Age as a violent and bloodthirsty time – but its artistic treasures tell a different story. The Culture Show takes a closer look.

History has characterised the Vikings as violent, marauding pagans whose main interests were rape and pillage.

But away from their barbaric image, the Vikings’ art stands apart as a piercing, bright light in the Dark Ages - defined by beautiful, intricate and distinctly Scandinavian styles that are laced with intrigue and mystery.

In this clip, Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo to reveal the greatest of all the Viking Age discoveries: the Oseberg ship.

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