Dr. Jana Graul

Postdoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  • Concepts and Images of Europe
  • Early Modern European Art (with focus on Italy)
  • Art theory and artistic literature
  • Artistic self-representation und construction of identity
  • Ethics of the artist and the arts
  • Drawing materials and techniques

Progetto di ricerca

Artistic Concepts of Europe

Publications (Selection)

  • Neid. Kunst, Moral und Kreativität in der Frühen Neuzeit, Munich 2022 (Römische Studien der Bibliotheca Hertziana 51).
  • "'Particolare vizio de’ professori di queste nostre arti': On the Concept on Envy in Vasaris’s Vite", I Tatti Studies in the Renaissance, 18,1 (2015), pp. 1-36.
  • "Il Ligozzi dei cani mordaci: l’Invidia e la serie dei vizi capitali", in Jacopo Ligozzi ‘pittore universalissimo’ (exhibition catalogue Florence), ed. by Alessandro Cecchi and Marzia Faietti, Florence 2014, pp. 185-197
  • "'Tanto lontano da ogni virtù'. Zu Konkurrenz, Neid und falscher Freundschaft in Vasaris Vita des Andrea del Castagno und Domenico Veneziano", kunsttexte.de/ Renaissance, 1 (2012): https://edoc.hu-berlin.de/bitstream/handle/18452/8298/graul.pdf
  • "An der Schwelle zur Malerei. Farbige Träger in der Florentiner Zeichenpraxis bis 1500", Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft, 37 (2010), pp. 73-119.
  • "Intrigues, Punches, and a Poisend Salad. The Dark Side of Artistic Rivalries", in Idols and Rivals (exhibition catalogue Vienna), ed. by Gudrun Swoboda, Berlin 2022, pp. 152–159.

Curriculum Vitae

Jana Graul studied Art History in Florence, Siena and Jena, where she obtained her M.A. with a thesis on Daniele da Volterra’s Orsini Chapel in Trinità dei Monti in Rome. In march 2020 she received her doctorate at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, with a research on the concept of envy in early modern art and art theory (Invidia als Künstlerlaster. Neid in Kunst und Kunstliteratur der Frühen Neuzeit), awarded with the Publication Prize of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the Promotionspreis of the Benvenuto Cellini-Gesellschaft Frankfurt/Main and the Hans-Janssen-Preis of the Akademie der Wissenschaften Göttingen.
From 2006 to 2009 and 2014 to 2015 she was Wissenschaftliche Assistentin in the Department of Prof. Alessandro Nova at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut (KHI). As such, she worked among others in the project Vasaris Welten, a German commented edition of Vasaris Lifes (published by Wagenbach). From 2009 to 2013 she was doctoral scholarship holder at the KHI and the Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung. Jana received other grants and fellowships from DAAD, the EU, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento in Florence and Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice and collaborated with museums such as Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and Galleria Palatina (Florence), Musée du Louvre (Paris), Scuderie del Quirinale (Rome), Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), and Graphische Sammlung ETH (Zürich). 
From 2019 to 2020 she was postdoctoral collaborator in the research group BildEvidenz, Freie Universität Berlin and, most recently, Junior Fellow at the DFG-Centre for Advanced Studies "Imaginaria of Force" at the Universität Hamburg. Since march 2021 she is postdoctoral researcher at the Bibliotheca Hertziana with a project on artistic concepts of Europe.
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