Frank Fehrenbach

Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Giotto and physics

2023–2024: Spring

I focus on the interrelations between art, natural philosophy, and science in early modern Europe. Between 2005 and 2013, I was a senior professor at Harvard University. In 2013, I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at Hamburg University. Since 2019, I have been co-director of an interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Study on “Imaginaria of Force” in Hamburg, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft ( I published widely on Leonardo da Vinci, including the LVIII Lettura Vinciana (2020). Most recently, I published an extensive monograph on the concept of “enlivenment” in early modern Italian art (Quasi vivo. Lebendigkeit in der italienischen Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit, Berlin –Boston 2021).