Naples vertical: "deep holes" in a porous city
Tanja Michalsky is director at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institute for Art History, in Rome since 2014.
She studied Art History, German Philology and Philosophy in Trier and Munich. Phd at the LMU Munich 1995 (Memoria und Repräsentation. Die Grabmäler des Königshauses Anjou in Italien, Göttingen 2001); 1995-2000 Research Assistant at the Department of Art History of the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt; 2001-2004 Lise-Meitner-Fellowship, Habilitation 2004 at the Heinrich Heine-University, Düsseldorf, (Projektion und Imagination. Die niederländische Landschaft der Frühen Neuzeit im Diskurs von Geographie und Malerei, München 2011); 2005-07 Professor at the Department of Art History of the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt; 2007-14 Professor for Art History at the University of the Arts, Berlin. 2012-14 Director of the Graduate School Das Wissen der Künste.
The common denominators of her research fields are the reflection on the epistemic status of images and ther cultural codification as well as the investigation of the political and sociological relevance and signficance oft works of art (from tomb-sculpture to landscape-painting, maps and films). Programmatically this means the combination of historical-critical material analysis with current art historical questions pertaining to globalisation (interculturalty) and the artistic production of knowledge.