Research at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz means continuously experimenting with new formats and project designs, as well as the pursuit of longstanding topics from new perspectives that ask leading questions. Together with individual research, this comprises group projects and international collaborations. The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz positions itself as a laboratory of fundamental research in art history in dialogue with other disciplines. This includes questions related to the professional ethics of art history, the relationship between ethics and architecture, and the concern for cultural heritage. Projects at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz deal with transcultural dynamics in a Mediterranean, European and global horizon. Current projects investigate the chronotopoi of cities and images, the history of knowledge and museology, photography and its archives, art history and ecology, the discourse of epochs, the work of Leonardo da Vinci, image / language constellations, image and law, and the intertwining discourses on image and object.
Ecology and Aesthetics. Environmental Approaches in Art History
Ecological and aesthetic theories are intertwined in multiple ways. The project opens a dialogue with archeology, anthropology and history of science concerned with the "anthropocene", rethinking the nature/culture divide in a transcultural perspective, including notions of heritage and sustainability, creation and consumption.
CENOBIUM – A Project for the Multimedia Representation of Romanesque Cloister Capitals in the Mediterranean Region
The aim of the CENOBIUM project is to facilitate, by means of high-resolution digital photography, video, 3D scanning and an interactive web interface, the analysis of the complex dynamics of artistic exchange in the 12th and 13th century.
Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken
A Berlin based research and fellowship program that questions and transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries in a transcultural, global horizon. By creating a space of dialogue for scholars from all continents, it discusses the potential and contours of a plural history of art.
Between Materiality, Transportability and Narration (Jerusalem Project)
Sacred Landscapes, in particular deserts and mountains are liminal spaces and also places of aesthetic production or response. Their dimensions are material, narrative and iconic, and they are connected to monumental sacred sites. The long-term Jerusalem project is concerned with all these aspects and analyses the ways in which they are intertwined.
Ethics and Architecture
The spectrum of questions posed by the relation between ethics and architecture is broad. It spans all the way from the reception of Vitruvius and Aristotle in the Trecento, to reflections on the moral dimension of architecture in the eighteenth century, right down to current theories and practices of building.
Bilderfahrzeuge. Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology
Der Forschungsverbund hat zum Ziel, die Migration von Bildern, Artefakten und Ideen aus einer interdisziplinären Perspektive zu erforschen. Dabei geht es besonders um Beziehungen zwischen Kulturen, die sich in Zeit und Ort, Sprache, Religion und politischer Ordnung unterscheiden, und um die theoretischen Implikationen von solchen Migrations-, Transformations- und Interaktionsprozessen.
The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law
Images visualise, constitute and ground the Law. Visual media, architecture and design belong to a multiple normative dimension of visuality that render the Law perceptible. The Minerva Research Project investigates in these multiple normative dimensions of visibility, materiality and aesthetics in visual history and juridical practice.
Transregional Art Histories Actors, Spaces, Ecologies from the 13th Century to the Present
Research in this unit focuses on the history of art and of aesthetic practices in transregional and ecological perspectives. With a strong interest in the materiality of art and of artistic practices, it investigates works of art in relation to place, space, and environment.
Georgia and the Caucasus: Aesthetics, Art, and Architecture
While most debates regarding intercultural dynamics between Christianity, Islam and Judaism are concerned with the Mediterranean, this project is concentrating on the art and architecture of South Caucasus, an under these premises hardly studied region comprising Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as Georgian and Armenian heritage in Eastern Turkey.
The Art of Containment
The Art of Containment is a recently started long-term collaborative research and exhibition project. It is concerned with all kinds of vessels and containers, their materiality, shape and decoration, their functions and agency, their biographies and itineraries. The project is the next step in the research focus on concepts and theories, relations and constellations of image and object (Ding/Bild).
Convivencia: Iberian to Global Dynamics (500–1750)
Using the term CONVIVENCIA with a question mark, the project investigates the cooperative and conflictual interactions of different cultural and religious communities in the Iberian "world" from the sixth to the eighteenth centuries, also including comparative studies in other areas.
Storia dell'arte e catastrofi (I): L'Italia sismica (sta-sis)
Il progetto elabora nuove forme d'impegno della storia dell'arte nel mondo contemporaneo, soprattutto di fronte ai disastrosi eventi sismici che hanno colpito L'Aquila (2009), il territorio emiliano (2012) e il centro Italia (2016), e più in generale considerando le sfide catastrofiche al patrimonio monumentale e artistico.