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Belting, Hans

Date born: 1935

Place born: Andernach, Germany

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Professor for Art History and Media Theory, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany. Belting studied Art History, Archaeology and History at the universities of Mainz and Rome. He completing his dissertation in 1959 in Mainz. He was a Visiting Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC where he studied under Ernst Kitzinger (q.v.). Belting returned to Germany where he taught as assistant professor at the University of Hamburg in 1966. He was promoted to Professor for Art History at Heidelberg in 1970. He remained there until 1980 when he moved to accept the chair in art history at Munich, a position once occupied by Heinrich Wölfflin (q.v.) and Hans Sedlmayr (q.v.). Belting was again at Harvard in 1984 as a Visiting Professor and then the Meyer Schapiro Visiting Professor at Columbia University for the academic year 1989-90. He left Munich in 1992 to launch the Kunstwissenschaft and Medientheorie Ph.D. program for the newly-founded Hochschule für Gestaltung (School for New Media) at Karlsruhe, in association with the Center for Art and Media Technologies (ZKM) also in Karlsruhe. In 2002 he was a Getty Institute Visiting Professor in Buenos Aires. Belting was the European Chair of the Collège de France at Paris for 2002-2003 and an Honorary Chair at the University of Heidelberg. He joined Northwestern University as the Mary Jane Crowe professor in retirement. Belting was awarded an Honorary Degree (D.lit.) from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, in 2003. .

Although trained as a Byzaninist, Belting has recently written on art methodology, employing his approach to a range of art topics including Max Beckmann.

Home Country: Germany

Sources: Northwestern University Department of Art faculty page http://www.arthistory.northwestern.edu/faculty/belting.htm.

Bibliography: Beiträge zu Kunst und Medientheorie: Projekte und Forschungen an der Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2000; Die Basilica dei SS. Martiri in Cimitile und ihr frühmittelalterlicher Freskenzyklus. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1962; Die Bibel des Niketas: ein Werk der höfischen Buchkunst in Byzanz und sein antikes Vorbild. Wiesbaden: L. Reichert, 1979; Bild-Anthropologie: Entwürfe für eine Bildwissenschaft. Munich: W. Fink, 2001; Bild und Kult: eine Geschichte des Bildes vor dem Zeitalter der Kunst. Munich: C.H. Beck, 1990; Das Bild und sein Publikum im Mittelalter: Form und Funktion früher Bildtafeln der Passion. Berlin: Mann, 1981; Giovanni Bellini, Pieta: Ikone und Bilderzählung in der venezianischen Malerei. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1985; Identität im Zweifel: Ansichten der deutschen Kunst. Cologne: DuMont, 1999; Beiträge zu Kunst und Medientheorie: Projekte und Forschungen an der Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2000; Bild-Anthropologie: Entwürfe für eine Bildwissenschaft. Munich: W. Fink, 2001; Bild und Kult: eine Geschichte des Bildes vor dem Zeitalter der Kunst. Munich: C.H. Beck, 1990; Das Ende der Kunstgeschichte? Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 1983, second edition, Munich: C.H. Beck, 1995, 3rd edition, retranslated and retitled, Art History After Modernism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003; Il Medio Oriente e l'Occidente nell'arte del XIII secolo. Bologna: CLUEB, 1982; and Naumann, Rudolf. Die Euphemia-Kirche am Hippodrom zu Istanbul und ihre Fresken. Berlin: Mann, 1966; Qu'est-ce qu'un chef-d'œuvre? Paris: Gallimard, 2000; Bill Viola: the Passions. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum/National Gallery, London, 2003; Der zweite Blick: Bildgeschichte und Bildreflexion. Munich: Fink, 2000; and Mango, Cyril, and Mouriki, Doula. The Mosaics and Frescoes of St. Mary Pammakaristos (Fethiye Camii) at Istanbul. Dumbarton Oaks Studies 15 (1978); "Place of reflection or place of sensation?" in The Discursive Museum. Peter Noever, ed.Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2001.