Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1990
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in art history (LMU Munich, Germany)

  • 1995
    Doctorate (LMU Munich, supported by a graduate fellowship from the university)

  • 1995 – 2000
    Research associate at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2001 – 2004
    Habilitation (postdoctoral) fellowship from the Lise Meitner programme in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

  • 2004 – 2005
    Research Professor at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University in New York

  • 2005
    venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in art history (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany)

  • 2004 – 2007
    University lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 2007 – 2014
    W3 Professor of art history at the Berlin University of the Arts

  • 2014
    Offer of the position of director of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome, Italy, accepted

Selected publications

  • Projektion und Imagination. Die niederländische Landschaft der Frühen Neuzeit im Diskurs von Geographie und Malerei, München 2011.

  • Memoria und Repräsentation. Die Grabmäler des Königshauses Anjou in Italien (Veröffentlichungen des Max-Planck-Instituts für Geschichte 157), Göttingen 2000.

  • Zwischen den Bildern. W. G. Sebalds Gewebe der Erinnerung, in: Nachleben und Rekonstruktion. Vergangenheit im Bild, hg.v. Peter Geimer und Michael Hagner, München 2012, S. 251–275.

  • Memoria. Formen und Funktionen gemeinschaftlicher Erinnerung, in: Geschichte der bildenden Kunst in Deutschland, Bd. II, Romanik, hg. v. Susanne Wittekind, München u.a. 2009, S. 389–409.

  • The Local Eye: Formal and Social Distinctions in Late Quattrocento Neapolitan Tombs, in: Art History 31 (Nr. 4) 2008, S. 484–504.

  • David Lynch: "Lost Highway". Ein filmischer Beitrag zur Medientheorie, in: Das bewegte Bild – Kunst und Film, hg. v. Thomas Hensel, Klaus Krüger und Tanja Michalsky, München 2006, S. 397–418.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Member of the research group Transmed. Thoughts of the Mediterranean and European consciousness, since 2012

  • Principal Investigator in the Research Unit C5, Common Sense Geography, that is part of Excellence Cluster 264, Topoi, with a project on the Italia illustrata. Interactions between historico-topographical descriptions and contemporary cartography in the Italy of the Early Modern Era, since 2012

  • Sub-project C5 as part of Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 640, Changing Representations of Social Order, 2008 – 2012

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Speaker for the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Knowledge in the Arts", since 2012

  • Member of the awards committee for doctoral fellowships from the Elsa Neumann scholarship programme funded by the Federal State of Berlin, since 2007

  • Organiser of the Brackweder Working Group in Mediaeval Studies, since 2006 (member since 1997)


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