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Festvortrag Willibald-Sauerländer-Preis 2019 // Elizabeth Sears: Panofsky on ‘The Gothic Style’



von 19:15 bis 20:30


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragsraum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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Aus Anlass der Vergabe des Willibald-Sauerländer-Preises 2019 an Dr. C. Oliver O`Donnell, London, für seine Publikation "Meyer Schapiro’s Critical Debates: Art Through a Modern American Mind".


Erwin Panofsky’s name is associated especially with theorizations and demonstrations of iconological method, yet his greater effort, as he put it, was to combine the iconographic with the ‘stylistic’ approach. In 1942 he gave a series of lectures at the University of Virginia focused on the development of Gothic architecture, sculpture, and painting which he intended to publish in a ‘little book’ entitled The Gothic Style. An unpublished prospectus that he prepared for this never written study serves as the starting point for a consideration of his characterizations of the Gothic and the place of the Gothic in his discussions of style.

Elizabeth Sears is George H. Forsyth Jr. Collegiate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Michigan. Trained in the Warburg tradition, she conducts research in the areas of medieval art and disciplinary historiography. Now completing a book, Warburg Circles, 1929–1964, she has published numerous essays on art historical writing, including work by Warburg, Goldschmidt, Wind, Seznec, Janson, and Heckscher. Her research has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants to the Getty, the British School at Rome, the American Academy in Berlin, and CASVA.