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Prof. Dr. Hans W. Hubert

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Art History
Internal Senior Fellow
October 2015 - July 2016


Prof. Hubert studied art history in his hometown Berlin where he specialized in Italian art and architecture. His Magisterarbeit discussed the projects of Bramante for the new church of St. Peter's in Rome, an argument to which he published numerous articles. As a fellow of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes he spend three years in Bologna, Florence and Rome to conducted archival researches for his Ph. Diss. on the Palazzo Comunale of Bologne. As fellow and assistant at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence he worked on problems and on the history of representation of architecture and on theory of architectural planning in the Renaissance, which became his Habilitationsschrift. He published also numerous articles on Italian sculpture of late mediaeval and renaissance period (Arnolfo di Cambio, papal statues, Donatello, Michelangelo) and was interested in the history of art collections (part. Medicean). During a senior grant at the Center for advanced Study in Visual Arts (Washington D.C.) in 2001/2002 he worked on the palazzo Uguccioni in Florence. After universal teaching in Göttingen and in Münster in 2005 he became professor at the University of Freiburg, where he extended his research interests to late mediaeval architecture and sculpture of the upper Rhine region. He organized several international congresses and is editor of several books and book series. Since 2013 he is member of the SFB 948 (Heroes) and the SFB 1015 (Muße / otium / leisure) where he is responsible for two research projects.


Selected Publications

  • Hans W. Hubert, Michelangelo vom Künstler zum Denkmal, in: Hans W. Hubert, Katharina Helm, Christina Posselt-Kuhli, Anna Schreurs-Morét (Hg.): Künstlerhelden. Heroisierung und mediale Inszenierung von Malern, Bildhauern und Architekten, Freiburg (erscheint 2014/2015).
  • Hans W. Hubert, Perspektiven auf Bramantes Virtus in Wort und Bild, in: Thomas Weigel, Britta Kusch-Arnhold und Candida Syndikus (Hg.): Die Virtus in Kunst und Kunsttheorie der italienischen Renaissance. Festschrift für Joachim Poeschke zum 65. Geburtstag (Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme. Schriftenreihe des Sonderforschungsbereichs 496; Bd. 46). Münster: Rhema, 2014, S. 127-154.

  • Hans W. Hubert, Gestaltungen des Heroischen in den Florentiner David-Plastiken, in: Heroen und Heroisierungen in der Renaissance. Herausgegeben von Achim Aurnhammer und Manfred Pfister, (Wolfenbütteler Abhandlungen zur Renaissanceforschung 28), Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2013, S. 181-218.

  • Hans W. Hubert, Fantasticare col disegno, in: Sankt Peter in Rom, Beiträge der internationalen Tagung vom 22.-25. Februar 2006. Hrsg. v. Georg Satzinger und Sebastian Schütze, München 2008, S. 111-125.
  • Hans W. Hubert, Filarete - Der Architekt als Tugendfreund, in: Die Virtus des Künstlers in der italienischen Renaissance. Hrsg. v. Joachim Poeschke, Thomas Weigel und Britta Kusch, Münster 2006, S. 31-54.


FRIAS Research Project

Socio-cultural concepts of heroism and otium/leisure in art and architectural treatises of the Italian Renaissance

On the basis of a wide corpus of Italian and Latin sources like treatiseson architecture and art theory as well as on social behaviour I aim to work out the socio-cultural ideas on heroism and otium/leisure in the Early Modern Age in Italy. On the one hand the research focuses on sculptural monuments for heroes and for persons which are stylized in a heroic manner and on the other hand on specific spaces and areas designated to practiceotium/leisure (private rooms as studioliandletti, loggias, terraces, secret gardens etc.) in princely residences. The period of research regards mainly the 15th and 16th centuries. The most important questions are: were the ideas expressed in the sources a theoretical basis for the everyday practice of that time? Do we have to understand those ideas rather as affirmations or as critics of those practices? Are space-time-relationships, which are important for some aspects of research in the SFB 1015, already established in the early modern theory of otium/leisure? Which differences can be observed between republican and princely conceptions of heroism and of otium/leisure? Is it possible to detect positive trends and reclines of particular concepts of heroism and of otium/leisurein specific historic-political contexts?