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The Florentine Codex is an encyclopedic manuscript produced collaboratively by the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and a team of indigenous writers and artists. It was completed at the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco in Mexico City in 1577. [more]

Embodying Europe in the Early-Modern Period

Research Seminar
In the early-modern period, a vibrant debate about Europe’s political fate, its borders, and its identity emerged. While travelogues enhanced the knowledge of non-European cultures, the growing news media contributed to the discourse on Europe as well by reporting continuously on its contemporary history. [more]
Die Kirche Santa Croce in Gerusalemme – in den frühen Quellen schlicht „Jerusalem“ genannt – war schon seit ihrer Gründung im 4. Jahrhundert mit einer Kreuzreliquie ausgestattet, die laut der spätmittelalterlichen Legende von der Kaisermutter Helena direkt vom Ort der Kreuzigung in Jerusalem nach Rom gebracht worden war. [more]
Vor mehr als zweihundert Jahren wurde das kleine italienische Bergstädtchen Olevano Romano von den Malern der deutschen Romantik „entdeckt“ – und in einen neuartigen Wahrnehmungsraum und mythischen Ort verwandelt. Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme. [more]
It is an art historical trope that medieval churches offered the presence of Heaven to those on Earth, but how exactly might this occur? Attention to Romanesque wall paintings in their architectural and liturgical settings offers some indications of the transformative power of images. [more]

Research Seminars Series "Methodology and Ideology: Critical Perspectives on the Historical Paradigms of Art History"

1. Research Seminar - Mimesis and Self-Mimesis: What Belongs to Whom ?
In light of shifting theoretical paradigms in art history, reflecting on methods and their cultural frameworks is crucial and urgent. Contemporary efforts to evolve beyond the power relations of center and periphery and to redefine the relations between ideas, things, people, spaces and temporalities are fostered by current societal and political changes. From this arises the demand for an awareness of the intellectual genealogies and ideological implications of art historical methods. [more]

Queer Collecting and Masculine Desire in Fin-de-Siècle Period

Research Seminar
A new relationship to art object collections appeared during the second half of the 19th century, through forms of affection and emotion linked to the rise of modernity. The object becomes the support of fantasies and the expression of a sensuality in the more specific context of Orientalism and Japonisme. [more]
Extracted in Siberia and moved in Anglo-Russian trade, the foliaceous mineral muscovite (white mica) fed the imaginations of early modern painters, poets, and natural philosophers alike. This seminar will focus on a group of micaceous objects — portrait overlays, embroidered cabinets, scientific instruments, and a perspective treatise — that dramatize a culture of interaction between art and science, amateurs and experts, foreign travel and domesticity in the long seventeenth century. [more]
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