Eckart Marchand

Assistant Archivist

lic. phil and PhD at Basel University


Eckart Marchand studied History of Art at the Universities of Berlin, Bonn, and Basel, where he completed his PhD in 2000. He was Occasional Student at the Warburg Institute from 1993 to 1997 part-time lecturer at City University from 1995 to 2000. He also taught in the History of Art Department at UCL (1998-99, 2001-03), and was Director of the UCL History of Art Summer School (2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was Lecturer in Italian Renaissance Art at the University of Reading. He joined the Warburg Institute Archive in 2008 and was Acting Archivist in 2010/11. Eckart also contributed to the edition of Vol. III.1 (Lectures and Essays) of Aby Warburg's Gesammelte Schriften (forthcoming) and is presently a member of the Project ‘Bilderfahrzeuge: The Legacy of Aby Warburg and the Future of Iconology’.  

Summary of research

Eckart’s doctorate studied the representation of gestures in fifteenth-century paintings of saints, famous men and in portraiture, engaging with issues such as patronage, the status of the artist, requirements of devotional practices, and patterns of pictorial composition. This research has been published as "Gebärden in der Florentiner Malerei: Studien zur Charakterisierung von Heiligen, Uomini Famosi und Zeitgenossen im Quattrocento" (Münster 2004). 

Since then he has expanded his research through a number of publications on the British Neoclassical sculptor John Flaxman and a book project on the use of plaster and plaster casts in artists’ workshops (c. 1400-1826). He has organized a series of conferences on plaster casts in collaboration with other scholars (Reading 2005 / Oxford 2007 / V&A, London 2010) and published the proceedings of one of these. He is particularly interested in issues of materiality with a focus on plaster, clay, wax and sugar.


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