Marianne Koos

Université de Fribourg

Ambiguity in Italian Renaissance images of love

2011-2012: Fall

Marianne Koos is Privatdozentin (PD) of Art History at the Université de Fribourg. After completing her MA at the Univ. of Vienna and her Ph.D. at the Goethe-Univ. in Frankfurt/Main (2001), she was Assistant Professor in Art History at the Universities of Basel and Zürich and, since 2006, at the University of Fribourg (working with Prof. V. I. Stoichita; Habilitation and appointment as PD in 2010). Her work focuses on Italian art of the 16th and 17th century, with special emphasis on Venetian and Roman painting, as well as on French painting of the 18th century in a broader European and transcultural perspective. She has published, lectured, and taught on the iconography of love, problems of portraiture, questions of gender and postcolonial studies, skin and surface, tactility in the visual arts, or the material agency of artifacts in an anthropological perspective. She is the author of Bildnisse des Begehrens. Das lyrische Männerporträt in der venezianischen Malerei des frühen 16. Jahrhunderts – Giorgione, Tizian und ihr Umkreis (2006) and Haut, Farbe und Medialität. Oberfläche im Werk von Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) (Habil. 2009, forthcoming). In 2003 she was awarded the Prix ART-FOCUS (senior) of the Association of Swiss Art Historians (ASHHA/VKKS), and in 2008 the Prix Jubilé of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW). She has had numerous fellowships including those from the Deutsches Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institut) in Florence, the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani in Venice, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. In 2012/13 she will be a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin.