Dr. Carolin Behrmann

Dr. Carolin Behrmann

Dr. Carolin Behrmann


Head of the Minerva Research Group


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Curriculum Vitae

Studied Art History, Philosophy and European Ethnology in Tuebingen, Bologna and Berlin. Master thesis on "Gianlorenzo Bernini. Representation, patronage and symbolic capital (1623-1644)". 2001-2005 scientific assistant at the research project "Requiem. The Roman Tombs for the Popes and Cardinals of the Early Modern Age". 2005-2011 scientific collaborator (doctoral assistant) at the Institut fuer Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at Humboldt University of Berlin, chair Prof. Horst Bredekamp. 2008-2009 Fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, annual theme "Networks and Boundaries". Thesis on "Tyrant and Martyr. Images and the History of Ideas of the Law around 1600" which analyzes the correlation between Art and Law after the Council of Trent by focusing on figurations of martyrdom and tyrannical force in the 16th and 17th century. It seeks to explore and include the juridical and political significance of martyrologies in their historical context of the consolidation of statehood and institutionalization of power, as well as the Jesuit concept of international law theory. September – December 2011 post-doc-fellow and January 2012 to February 2014 scientific assistant at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut.
Since 2014 leader of the Minerva-Research Group "The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law".

Fields of research and teaching

    • Aesthetic strategies of social rise
    • Early modern tomb sculpture and art patronage
    • Network strategies and image theories oft he missionizing orders (16th and 17th century)
    • Picture archives as scientific instruments (19th and 20th century)
    • Analysis and critique of exhibitions: Artworks and political-historical re/constructions
    • Materialism and Art History (1920-1960)
    • Aesthetics, Materialities and Iconologies of the Law

    Current research

    Conferences (selection)

    • IMAGO, ACTIO, IUSTITIA. Images, Bodies and Actions of the Law (ICI, Berlin, 2011)
    • Images of Shame. Infamy, Diffamation und the ethics of oeconomia (Two-part Workshop, KHI, Florenz, 2012)
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