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Ancient Portraiture as Figuration of the Particular. Translated from German by Ross Brendle
Translator: Ross Brendle
This volume shows how the portraits of the Greeks and Romans gave shape to and reinforced the perceptions of the particular character of a person.
These considerations are based on intensive archaeological research, which in recent decades has successfully addressed questions of typology, identification, and historical classification of ancient portraits. Three aspects are examined in the interweaving of case studies and general reflections: the preconditions for the creation of portraits; the medial conditions of the creation processes; the efficacy of the created form.
Bilder europäischer Reisender im Osmanischen Reich um 1700
Author: Annette Kranen
Die Sicht Reisender aus Nordwesteuropa auf den östlichen Mittelmeerraum war um 1700 durch die Bibel und antike Quellen, die Kreuzzüge und die osmanische Herrschaft geprägt. Wie fanden diese historischen Schichten Eingang in das Bild der Region, das ihre Zeichnungen und illustrierten Berichte hervorbrachten?
Reisende der Neuzeit fertigten Ansichten historischer Orte und Bauwerke im Osmanischen Reich für ein Publikum in Europa an. Diese Bilder wurden bislang meist als Quellen für die archäologische Forschung genutzt oder als Beleg für einen orientalistischen Blick gewertet. Die Studie beleuchtet sie erstmals in ihrem kulturhistorischen Kontext. Sie waren Teil eines breiten Austauschs über die Antike, für den auch der Kontakt mit lokalen Akteuren eine Rolle spielte. In drei Abschnitten zeigt das Buch auf, wie man das Reisen in die Länder der Bibel und der Antike verstand, wie man historisch bedeutende Topographien visualisierte und wie man sich Monumente und Relikte durch Zeichnen wie durch Sammeln aneignete.
Visuelle Kultur und musikalische Notation (9.-13. Jahrhundert)
Dieser Band untersucht die Entwicklung der musikalischen Notenschrift als Teil der Kulturgeschichte des Visuellen. Notationspraktiken des Mittelalters werden im Dialog mit schrift- und bildtheoretischen Ansätzen diskutiert. Frühe Formen von Notation sind Träger einer Spannung zwischen Schriftbild und Klang, zwischen Erinnerung und Vergegenwärtigung, zwischen Bildhaftem und Bilderlosem und werden in den veröffentlichten Beiträgen auf diesen gemeinsamen Fokus hin reflektiert. Die Prozesse der Verschriftlichung, die sich im Kontext der musikalischen Theorie und Praxis seit dem 9. Jahrhundert entfaltet haben, sind nicht nur musikhistorisch zentral, sie sind ebenso im Hinblick auf eine kulturgeschichtliche Diskussion über Schrift und Schriftlichkeit relevant. Im Anschluss an die Schriftbildlichkeitsdebatte leistet die hier gestellte Frage nach der visuellen Logik musikalischer Notenschriften einen bisher vernachlässigten, jedoch wichtigen Beitrag.
Case Studies from Classical Archaeology
Translator: Ross Brendle
Ancient artifacts such as statues, reliefs, and paintings gave tangible form to knowledge and abstract ideas, making them vivid, convincing, and lasting. At the same time, they emphasized, concretized, and combined only certain aspects of the ideas in question, while reducing or omitting others.
The book examines the emergence of artifacts as material manifestations of epistemic elements and the medial conditions of these shaping processes, as well as the effects of the resulting form. It combines case studies from Classical Archaeology with reflections on central aspects of material culture. With this approach, the book offers new perspectives on famous Greek and Roman works of art.
Although we tend to suggest that clear constructions of identity are granted to religious symbols under the assumption that they distinguish between self and other explicitly, perceptions of alterity in fact play a vital role in sacral forms of representation. Markers of foreignness are used in a semantics of the exceptional that characterizes the sacral. Perceptions of difference are thus capable of making visible the remoteness of sacral forms from the profane world of experience. This book, therefore, asks: What role do traits of alterity play in the sacral context? How are various concepts of the sacred synthesized in situations of transcultural translation, for instance in the context of missionary activity? How did an artifact arrive at sacral potency in various cultures, and under what conditions did semantic shifts occur?
Social Dimensions of Knowledge Production
By analyzing how artistic and curatorial practices can activate processes and generate structures that facilitate dialogical spaces of communication between curators, artists and their publics, The Curatorial Complex addresses the social dimensions of knowledge production for the ways people and art come together in the curated encounter.
Questions around what knowledge is and how it can be produced are paired with critically addressing in the proliferation of knowledge production as part of the intellectualization of the art field and its commodification in the knowledge economy.
Religion, Art, and Visual Culture in Plural Configurations
Series:  dynamis
What makes an image offensive? — This question is addressed in this volume. It explores tensions and debates about offensive images and performative practices in various settings in and beyond Europe.
Its basic premise is that a deeper understanding of what is at stake in these tensions and debates calls for a multidisciplinary conversation. The authors focus on images that appear to trigger strongly negative reactions; images that are perceived as insulting or offensive; those subject to taboos and restrictions; or those that are condemned as blasphemous. In light of recurrent acts of violence leveled against images and symbols in the contemporary, globally entangled world, addressing instances of “icono-clash” (Bruno Latour) from a new post-secular, global perspective has become a matter of urgency.
Open Access
Image, Text, Paratext
Editor: Thierry Greub
The artworks of the US artist Cy Twombly (1928–2011) are considered to be hermetic and inaccessible. Pencil scribblings, explosions of paint, tumbling lines, overlapping layers of color, and inscriptions, geometrical figures, numerals, rows of numbers, words, fragments of quotations, and enigmatic work-titles present very special challenges to both researchers and viewers.
While art historians together with scholars of Egyptology, Archaeology, German, Greek, English, Japanese, and the Romance languages inquire into the relation between title, work, and inscribed quotations, leading representatives of research on Twombly focus on the visual language and scriptural-imagistic quality of Cy Twombly’s work. Through comprehensive interpretations of famous single works and groups in all the artistic media employed by Twombly, the volume’s cross-disciplinary view opens up a route into the associative-referential visual language of Cy Twombly.

Narratives, Concepts, and Practices at work, 20th and 21st Centuries
Based on the papers presented at an international conference at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2013, the publication focuses on problems and challenges of art history’s epistemic frameworks. Following four guiding themes – narrations, venues, concepts and practice – the contributions address the aspect of mobility of aesthetic objects and their contextualisation from different analytical perspectives.
The essays examine complex processes of transcultural negotiations that are set in motion by »travelling« objects, artists, ideas and institutions in order to trace and analyse historical conditions that generated specific frameworks with their respective art historical narratives and artistic production.
Topographies of Artistic Mobility in Europe and Asia
While recent scholarship dealt with the economic and political historio-graphies of road systems, this book focuses on routes as stimuli of cultural transfer and artistic production.
Framed in the historiography of longue durée, routes may be addressed as trajectories that cut across cultural geographies and periodizations. With focus on the early modern period, the volume foregrounds an unprecedented expansion and transformation of route-networks. New combinations of transcontinental routes profoundly affected cultural topographies and symbolic paradigms. The rise of Asian and European port cities as nodes of maritime systems and prosperous cultural contact zones is closely linked to these shifts; routes, hubs, and the fabrication of collective imaginations about them therefore constitute the central themes of this book.