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).
  • "Intrigues, Punches, and a Poisend Salad. The Dark Side of Artistic Rivalries", in Idols and Rivals (exhibition catalogue Vienna), ed. Gudrun Swoboda, Berlin 2022, pp. 152–159.
  • "Von Drosselgezeter und Dolchstichen. Leone Leoni in Mailand“, in Viaggio nel Nord Italia. Studi di cultura visiva in onore di Alessandro Nova, ed. Dario Donetti, Hana Gründler and Mandy Richter, Florence 2022, pp. 172–175.
  • „Albrecht Dürer erschlägt den Neid. Ein Künstler und sein notwendiger Gegenspieler“, Jahrbuch der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, 2020/21 (2022), pp. 81–88.

Curriculum Vitae

Jana Graul is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana. She specializes on early modern art and art theory, with a focus on intersections between art, moral and creativity and on envy as artist's vice in particular. She has published extensively on these topics, including the recent book Neid. Kunst, Moral und Kreativität in der Frühen Neuzeit, (München 2022). Her second book project deals with artistic concepts and images of Europe.

Jana studied Art History in Florence, Siena and Jena. In march 2020 she received her doctorate at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, with a thesis 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.

She was Research Assistent at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Max-Planck-Institut (KHI), where she was also doctoral scholarship holder. Jana received other grants and fellowships from DAAD, the EU, Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento in Florence and Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani in Venice. From 2019 to 2020 she was Postdoc Fellow in the research group BildEvidenz, Freie Universität Berlin and Junior Fellow at the DFG-Centre for Advanced Studies "Imaginaria of Force" at the Universität Hamburg. 

She has been involved in exhibition projects with the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and Galleria Palatina (Florence), Musée du Louvre (Paris), Scuderie del Quirinale (Rome), Graphische Sammlung ETH (Zürich) and most recently in the currently running exhibition "Idols and Rivals. Artists in competition" at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna).

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