Frank Fehrenbach is globally recognised as an outstanding scholar who has revitalised art history and established it as overarching Visual Studies. He received international acclaim for his studies on the works of Leonardo da Vinci in which he examines aspects of art history in a new interdisciplinary context invoking mathematics, optics, physics, geoscience and psychology. Fehrenbach thus overcomes the boundaries of his discipline and sets new benchmarks for art history as one of the innovative humanities. In Hamburg Fehrenbach is due to spearhead the realignment of the long-established Department of Art History and build up and lead a cross-disciplinary Research Centre on Images of Nature which is set to play a pioneering role in art history internationally.
Nominating University: University of Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Frank Fehrenbach
born in 1963. Doctorate in Tübingen (1995), habilitation in Basel (2003), including an extended period as an assistant professor at the Max Planck Society’s Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. From 2004 Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, with visiting professorships in Berlin and Jena. Honours include the Hans Janssen Prize for European Art History awarded by Göttingen Academy of Sciences (1996) and a research award from the Aby Warburg Foundation Hamburg (2004). Since July 2013 he is doing research as a Humboldt Professor at the Department of Art History at the University of Hamburg.