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Issue 2018

MaxPlanckResearch 3/2018

Creating space for existential awareness

Researching the old to develop the new – what better place to do this than in Florence? At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute, the “Ethics and Architecture” research group led by Brigitte Soelch and Hana Gruendler invites discussion of the history and theory of architecture and the applicability of its teachings to the present and future of building.

Issue 2017

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2017

Ruling by the Book and the Cross
The Spanish Conquistadors found it surprisingly easy to conquer the New World. However, it required more than violence and cruelty to rule the territory. A team of researchers headed by Thomas Duve at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History is investigating the media through which the Spanish crown consolidated its dominion. Meanwhile, an international research group led by Carolin Behrmann at the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Florence is studying the importance of images in the consolidation and legitimation of law with a focus on Early Modern European history.
Issue 2013

MaxPlanckResearch 3/2013

The Body According to Leonardo
In an age of modern anatomy atlases and freely available online body-browsers, Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of organs and body parts done with quill, ink and red chalk may strike us as aesthetically pleasing, yet antiquated. Nevertheless, almost everyone in Germany carries a reproduction of his famous Vitruvian Man with them – on their health insurance card. Alessandro Nova, Director at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, on the other hand, explores Leonardo’s work in the light of the scientific knowledge it generates.
Issue 2011

MPR 1 /2011

Early Globalization of Art
Art history has traditionally been focused on the study of European artifacts. The links and interactions between artifacts in Central Asia, India and the Mediterranean were largely ignored. Researchers working with Gerhard Wolf, Hannah Baader and Avinoam Shalem at the Art History Institute in Florence (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, MPI) are seeking to break down these boundaries and open up new, global research perspectives.
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