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Institute of Art History Prof. Dr. Joris van Gastel


Research Insterests

Early modern art in Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Latin America; reception aesthetics; the history of art history; theories of embodiment and embodied perception; materials and materiality; sculpture as an artform; ekphrasis; synagonism and intermediality.


Heinrich Wölfflin. Collected Works (2021–2024)

The publication of the collected works of the Swiss art historian Heinrich Wölfflin (1864–1945) will make both the published and unpublished works of one of the most influentual scholars of modernity newly accessible with an extensive critical apparatus. web

Synagonism in the Visual Arts (2017–2020)

The network seeks to explore the productive exchange between early modern painting, sculpture, and architecture. web

Editorial activities

  • Editorial board: Incontri. Rivista europea di studi italiani web


  • Renaissance Society of America (RSA) web
  • The International Council of Museums (ICOM) web
  • Latin American Center Zurich web
  • Zentrum für historische Mediologie web
  • Zentrum Künste und Kulturtheorie web

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