Henry Kaap

Lorenzo Lotto, Rosenkranzmadonna (Detail), 1529, Chiesa di San Nicolò, Cingoli

Henry Kaap, M.A.


Research Project

«…anconam, omni arte ingenioque humano possibili faciendam…» – Artistic Mobility and Transregionality: On the Aesthetic Structure of Lorenzo Lotto’s Altarpieces


Despite recent studies on artistic mobility, the history of early modern Italian art is often still limited to the reconstruction of ‹influences›. This resulted in the creation of supposedly cultural centers such as Rome, Florence, and Venice that had affected the art produced in the so-called ‹provinces›. The PhD project aims at overcoming this troublesome ‹influence›-narratives by focusing on Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556/57). This widely traveled and thus transregionally active painter serves as a model for the interaction between artistic mobility and artistic expression.

By means of a close analysis of the aesthetic structure of several paradigmatic altarpieces, the project intends to show that Lotto does not obey local preferences in his choice of styles, motifs and iconography. On the contrary, the project will argue that the artist follows clearly identifiable statement strategies. Methodologically, the thesis questions those implications of comparative viewing – understood as an aesthetically evaluative, normative process – that led to hierarchies in art history, which reverberate until today, such as center and periphery.



Henry Kaap studied Art History, Classical Archaeology and Modern History in Berlin and Rome. 2007-2012: Student Assistant in the research projects „Signa und Res – Bildallegorien in der Renaissance (14.-16. Jh.)“ and „Das Wissen der Kunst. Diskurse, Medien und Institutionen im transnationalen Vergleich (13.-17. Jh.)“, under the Direction of Prof. Dr. Klaus Krüger and passim copy-editor for scientific publications. Since 2010 board member of the Ulmer Verein – Verband für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften e.V. 2011 M.A. in Art History from the Freie Universität, Berlin. 2013-2015: Graduate Assistant in the Department of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. 2015-2016: Doctoral Fellow ibidem. Since end of June 2016: Pre-doctoral Researcher at the Center of Advanced Studies BildEvidenz within the interdisciplinary research project “Iconic Presence: The Life of Images in Religion and Art“ in the context of the Balzanpreis of Prof. Dr. Hans Belting. The PhD project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Karin Gludovatz.

Research Interests

  • Italian Art and Culture of the Early Modern Period (14th–17th c.)
  • Artistic Mobility
  • Aesthetics of Resistance
  • Music Videos


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Henry Kaap

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