Klaus Krueger

Freie Universität Berlin

Signa and Res-Pictoral Allegories in the Italian Renaissance (14th-16th century)


Klaus Krueger, Ph.D. (University of Munich 1987) is currently Professor of Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has been Research Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, and Professor at the Universities of Greifswald and Basel. His main research interests are the history and cultural status of visual images, particularly their changing role in medieval and early modern times, with special reference to Italian painting and sculpture from the Duecento to the Seicento. He is author of Der frühe Bildkult des Franziskus in Italien: Gestalt- und Funktionswandel des Tafelbildes im 13. und 14. Jahrhundert [The early cult of the image of St Francis in Italy: Formal and functional change in 13th and 14th century panel painting] (1992) and Das Bild als Schleier des Unsichtbaren: Ästhetische Illusion in der Kunst der frühen Neuzeit in Italien (2001) [to be published in English translation by Zone Books as Unveiling the Invisible. Image and Aesthetic Illusion in Early Modern Italy]. Klaus has also published articles on the origin and early history of the altarpiece, on visionary images, on Caravaggio, and on aesthetic issues of film and contemporary art.