Institut für Kunstgeschichte

Ältere Kunstgeschichte

Prof. Dr. Beate Fricke


Abteilung für Ältere Kunstgeschichte (ÄK)

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Institut für Kunstgeschichte
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Research Interests

Beate Fricke's research focuses on the history of images, objects and places, using perspectives from philosophy, cultural anthropology, history of the sciences, of economy and theology. Her research interests include theories of perception and animation, the history of allegory and mimesis, the prehistory of aesthetics and political participation, cultural and mercantile exchange, as well as the materiality of minor arts, decorative arts and reliquaries.

Beate Fricke, Dr., Professorin
Katharina Böhmer, M.A., Redakteurin "21: Inquiries"
Theresa Holler, Dr. des., Wiss.-Assistentin
Amélie Joller, Hilfsassistentin
Stefanie Lenk, Dr., Wiss.- Mitarbeiterin
Meekyung MacMurdie M.A., Wiss.- Mitarbeiterin
Mariko Mugwyler, Hilfsassistentin
Saskia C. Quené M.A., Wiss.- Mitarbeiterin
Leonie Singer, wiss. Hilfsassistentin
Dominique Wyss, Hilfsassistentin und Grundkursleiterin


Jess Bailey M.A., Wiss.- Mitarbeiterin
Matthias Egger, Grundkursleiter
Corinne Mühlemann, Dr. des., Wiss.- Mitarbeiterin
Andrew Sears M.A., Wiss.-Assistent


January 9th, 2019
Creating Man. Depicting Natura, Idea, and Anima

February 15th, 2019
Bild-Irritationen, Frias - Universität Freiburg
Materie, cuius miratur turba decorem... Creation and creativity in the Holkham Bible

March 27th, 2019
Miracles of Mediation. Intersections of Still Life, Liturgical Vessels, and Processions at Cordoba
Silsila - Center for Material Histories, NYU, New York

April 11th, 2019
Creation and Creativity in the Holkham Bible,
Ingenuity in Early Modern art and science

June 7th, 2019
Syrian Censers (c. 600) - Opening Horizons

June 13th, 2019
Silk in Stone - Lonja de la Seda (Valencia)
Ecological Realism Workshop KHI, Firenze

August 28th, 2019
Shifting Horizons
Augusta Rauricum, Basel

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Trading Architecture analyses the loci of exchange of merchandise, knowledge and culture in the Mediterranean with the Middle and the Far East.
  • Object Histories. Early Modern Flotsam. For this project she was awarded a collaborative research grant from the American Council of Learned Societies, together with Finbarr Barry Flood.
  • Global Horizons in Pre-Modern Art.