Franz Engel, M.A.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  • Art and architectural history of the Early Modern Period in a global context (Philippines)
  • History and theory of form and formlessness / proto-iconography
  • Historically informed exhibition practice
  • History of art history (Edgar Wind, Warburg circle)

Research Project

Seismic Baroque: Coral Stone Churches in the Philippines of the Spanish Colonial Period (1565–1898) and Their Place in Global Architectural History

Publications (Selection)

  • "Edgar Wind: On Classicism", ed. and transl. Bernhard Buschendorf and Franz Engel, Pegasus. Berliner Beiträge zum Nachleben der Antike, 18/19 (2018), pp. 195236.
  • "Bildort", in 23 Manifeste zu Bildakt und Verkörperung, ed. Marion Lauschke and Pablo Schneider, Berlin 2017 (Image Word Action 1), pp. 3541.
  • "Durchscheinende Flüsse einer Flüssigkeit. Formentzug in Glasarbeiten des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts", in Formwerdung und Formentzug, ed. Franz Engel and Yannis Hadjinicolaou, Berlin 2016 (Actus et Imago 16), pp. 189207.
  • "Though This Be Madness  Edgar Wind and the Warburg Tradition", in Bildakt at the Warburg Institute, ed. Sabine Marienberg and Jürgen Trabant, Berlin 2014 (Actus et Imago 12), pp. 87116.
  • "Epistêmy und andere Grotesken", in Das bildnerische Denken: Charles S. Peirce, ed. Franz Engel, Moritz Queisner and Tullio Viola, Berlin 2012 (Actus et Imago 5), pp. 149175.

Publications (OPAC research)

Curriculum Vitae

Franz Engel studied philosophy, art history and musicology in Berlin and Rome and received his M.A. in 2012 with a thesis on Edgar Wind’s philosophy of embodiment. He held positions as research assistent at the Collegium for the Advanced Study of "Picture Act and Embodiment”, the Fritz Thyssen research group "Iconic Form Processes”, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory "Image Knowledge Gestaltung”, and the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance, all at the Humboldt University Berlin. In September 2019 he defended his dissertation on Pictures of Chaos. Studies in the Depiction of the Primordial Formlessness, supervised by Horst Bredekamp, which will presumably be published by the end of 2020.


Member of the network of the German Research Foundation "Synagonism in the Visual Arts" (

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