Horst Bredekamp

Professor of Art History

Humboldt University Berlin

Permanent Fellow

Institute for Advanced Study Berlin

Horst Bredekamp studied art history, archeology, philosophy and sociology in Kiel, Munich, Berlin and Marburg. In 1974 he received his doctorate at the Philipps-Universität Marburg with a thesis on art as a medium of social conflicts. In 1982 he was appointed professor of art history at the University of Hamburg. In 1993 he moved to the Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2003 he has been a Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, and in 2005 he became the Gadamer-endowed chair.

Bredekamp's work covers topics from Antiquity to contemporary art, and reaches both in the media- and in the natural sciences. The research foci of Horst Bredekamp are Iconoclastic Fury, sculpture of the Romanesque, art of the Renaissance and Mannerism, political iconography, art and technology, new media. In 2000, he founded the project "The technical picture" at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Centre for Agricultural Engineering (PAC) of the Humboldt University Berlin, which developed under his leadership visually critical methods, a theory of pictorial knowledge in the fields of science and technology and medical visualizations.

Since 2008 Bredekamp has directed the newly established DFG-Kolleg research group "Picture Act and embodiment" at the Humboldt University Berlin. His books include The windows of the monad. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz 'Theatre of Nature and Art (Berlin: Akademie, 2004); Darwin corals. The early evolution diagrams and the tradition of Natural History (Berlin: Wagenbach, 2005); Le déclin you neo-platonisme (Paris: Monfort, 2005); Moving images. From the Kunstkammer to the endgame ((ed .: Jörg Probst), Berlin: Wagenbach, 2007); Galileo the artist The Mond. Die sun. The hand (Berlin: Akademie, 2007); The artist as criminals. One element of the early modern law and political theory (Munich: Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, 2008); Michelangelo. Five essays (Berlin: Wagenbach, 2009); Theory of Bildakts (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2010); Leibniz, Men Hausen et Versailles. Le jardin à la française, un parcours de la mondernité. Traduit de l'anglais par Christian Joschke (Lyon, 2012); Leibniz and the revolution of garden art. Men Hausen, Versailles and the philosophy of the leaves (Berlin: Wagenbach, 2012); The floating sovereign. Charlemagne and the visual politics of the body (Berlin: Wagenbach, 2014); Galileo's thinking hand. Shape and Research in 1600 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015); Warburg, Cassirer and Einstein in conversation. Kepler as a key of modernity (Berlin: Wagenbacg, 2015).