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Since 2017 Tristan Weddigen is a director at the BHMPI. After being awarded a Ph.D. from the TU Berlin with a dissertation on Raphael in 2002 and nominated university lecturer at the University of Bern with a study on the Dresden Gemäldegalerie in the 18th century in 2008, he became an assistant professor at the University of Lausanne in 2008 and full professor for history of early modern art at the University of Zurich in 2009. There he ran the ERC project Textile – An Iconology of the Textile in Art and Architecture and the Getty project New Art Histories – Connecting Ideas, Objects and Institutions in Latin America, currently the Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) an the SNSF edition project Heinrich Wölfflins Gesammelte Werke.
Main Research Focus
His research department focuses on the global aspects of Italian art from the early modern period to today, thus extending the range of the research activities at the BHMPI to modern and contemporary times; furthermore, it addresses questions of materiality and mediality, studies the history of art history and engages in digital art history.