Session 1: Image


Dr Stefan Hanß (University of Cambridge): ‘Habsburg-Ottoman Imagery in the Making: The Production and Perception of the Cambridge “Freshfield Album” (1574/75)’

Dr Stefan Hanß is a Research Associate in Early Modern European Object History of the Faculty of History and St John’s College, University of Cambridge. He studied History and various minor subjects at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Università Ca’Fosari in Venice and The Warburg Institute in London. During these years, he was also an intern, undergraduate research assistant and freelancer at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, and the German Historical Institutes in Rome and London. Having studied the sixteenth-century event-making of the Battle of Lepanto, he received his PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin (summa cum laude) in 2015. After finishing his PhD, he was a Herzog Ernst Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Centre Gotha, University of Erfurt, before joining the University of Cambridge in 2015.


Ricarda Beatrix Brosch (The Courtauld Institute of Art): ‘On the Hybridity of Chinese Composite Landscapes in the 17th century: A Case Study of Fan Qi’s (1616–after 1694) handscroll “Yangzi Riverscape” in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin

Ricarda Beatrix studied East Asian art history at the Freie Universität Berlin, focusing in her BA thesis on traditional Chinese landscape painting of the Ming and Qing period. Upon graduation in 2015, she received a scholarship for a one-year Master programme in ‘China Studies’ at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. After finishing this MA with a study of women in Qing court painting, she is now doing a second MA in history of art at the Courtauld Institute with a special focus on ‘Persian Painting and transcultural Visuality’. Ricarda has lived in China for over three years learning Mandarin and gaining work experience at a commercial gallery. She has further worked at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Museum of Asian Art) Berlin, preparing and curating a comparative exhibition of 17th century Chinese paintings and Dutch drawings of landscapes.


Daan van Heesch (KU Leuven): ‘Remodelling Hieronymus Bosch in Colonial Peru:  Foreign Sources, Indigenous Responses’

Daan van Heesch is a PhD Fellow in Art History at the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and affiliated with Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art at KU Leuven, Belgium. His research focuses on the transnational reception of Hieronymus Bosch in the early modern period, with casestudies ranging from sixteenth-century Antwerp to colonial Peru. Daan has published in Delineavit et Sculpsit and has contributed to several exhibition catalogues on early modern art. Two articles on the global dimensions of Netherlandish art and one book chapter on ‘ad vivum’ representations of Jerusalem in the sixteenth century are forthcoming in Simiolus, Print Quarterly and Intersections (Brill), respectively. Currently, he is also co-editing a book on Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain for Harvey Miller Publishers.