Ragna Thiis Stang

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Ragna Thiis Stang
Born(1909-09-15)15 September 1909
Kristiania, Norway
Died29 March 1978(1978-03-29) (aged 68)
Museum administrator
Spouse(s)Nic. Stang
ChildrenTove Stang Dahl
Parent(s)Jens Thiis
RelativesHelge Thiis (brother)

Ragna Thiis Stang (15 September 1909 – 29 March 1978) was a Norwegian historian and museum administrator.[1]


She was born in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. She was a daughter of museum director Jens Thiis and his wife Vilhelmine Dons. Her brother was architect Helge Thiis.

After graduating artium at Oslo in 1929, she studied art history at the University of Oslo. She also conducted several study trips to Belgium, France, Greece and Germany . She stayed at the Swedish Archaeological Institute in Rome from 1934-35. In 1937 she took her master's degree in art history. She received her a doctorate in 1960.[2]

Stang was appointed at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History from 1938 to 1944. From 1947 she was manager of the Vigeland Museum at Frogner. In 1966 Stang took over as director of the Oslo City Art Collections (Oslo kommunes kunstsamlinger) and from 1968 she was responsible for the Munch Museum at Tøyen. She published a biography of Gustav Vigeland in 1965, and a biography of Edvard Munch in 1977. [1] [3] [4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1934, she was married to art historian Nic. Stang (1908-1971). Their daughter Tove Stang Dahl (1938–93) was married to historian Hans Fredrik Dahl. Together with her daughter Nina Thiis Stang (1944–78), she died in a car accident on a road from Nairobi to Mombasa in Kenya on 29 March 1978.[3][5][6]

Selected works[edit]

  • De store billedhuggere og borgerrepublikken Firenze (1959)
  • Gustav Vigeland. En kunstner og hans verk (1965)
  • Edvard Munch. Mennesket og kunstneren (1977)


  1. ^ a b Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Ragna Thiis Stang". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Ragna Stang". Kunsthistorikere. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Tschudi-Madsen, Stephan. "Ragna Thiis Stang". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. ^ Annette Faltin. "Oslo kommunes kunstsamlinger". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Hans Fredrik Dahl. "Nic Stang". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Anne Hellum. "Tove Stang Dahl". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved March 1, 2018.