Johannes Von Mueller

Coordinator - Bilderfahrzeuge Project


Johannes von Müller's work focuses on Political Imagery from the Middle Ages to Modernity. He has been published on the 20th century in the 20th century.

His doctoral thesis (soon to be published). A study of the socio-political effect of the image in the Middle Ages and early modern times (Studies of the Image of Socio-Political Agency in the Medieval and Early Modern Period) examines the role of images in political discourses of premodern societies, Arguing that pictures were able to take on a function. He has explored this subject further in a number of published articles, reflecting in particular on the the ways in which the representation of a ruler may confront the person depicted with his own ideal.

In the context of the pictorial vehicles project, Johannes of Mueller studies eleventh and twelfth century Norman Sicily, focusing on his capital Palermo as a 'port of images' (picture port), into which pictorial artefacts, materials and forms from other cultures around the Mediterranean received.

Within the context of the project, the company is a member of the European Union. And secondly, to what degree the spaces that the objects pass through and that historians perceive as historical spaces are constituted by the movement of those objects.

In recent papers, Johannes von Mueller has focused on both material (porphyry) and technical (silk weaving), and the intercultural encounters.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Political Iconography, Historiography, History of Ideas, Portrait, Image Migration, Graphic Art and Caricature, Comic

Current Research

(Ph.D Project) ruler image and forensic mirror. Studies of the socio-political effect of the image in the Middle Ages and early modern times (Images of Rulers and Mirrors of Princes, Studies of the Image's Socio-Political Agency in the Medieval and Early Modern Period).

Academic Background

Since 2012 Ph.D. Student at the Kunsthistorische Seminar, University of Basel, Switzerland

2012 Master of Arts (History of Art History), Humboldt University of Berlin, a. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2008-2009 History of Art a. Media Studies, Sapiencia, Università di Roma, Italy


2012-2014 Scholarship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Germany

Selected Publications


(Forthcoming) 'But who would trust the moon?' Ernst Kantorowicz 'research positions in the mirror of the Este portrait of Rogers von der Weyden, in: Ulrich Raulff et al. (Ed.): Myths, Body, Images - Ernst Kantorowicz between Historism, Emigration and Renewal of the Humanities, Berlin 2015.

(Forthcoming) The Paranetical Portrait, in: Uwe Fleckner, (Ed.): Hermeneutics of the Face. Current Positions of Portrait Research, Berlin 2013 (Mnemosyne, Warburg College Papers, vol. 5).

Whimsical transmissions. A History of the Interpretation of the Emperor's Image of Otto III, in: Zeitschrift fur Ideengeschichte VIII, 1 (2014), pp.73-86.

'Mirror Mirror on the wall'. The frontispiece of the Aachen Evangelist Otto III. As an example of pi-choreral fostering mirrors, in: Renate Kroll et al. (Ed.): How texts and images are related. Literary and pictorial sense constructions in their interaction and entanglement (from the Middle Ages to the present, Frankfurt aM 2014.

Facsimile: Stephan von Huenes's score for 'The New Lore Ley I', in: Bildwelten des Wissens. Art History Yearbook for Picture Critic 10.1 (2014).

The speech bubble. Integration into the image, effect on the image, in: Christian Bachmann Christian: picture lute & loud images. On the 'Audiovisuality' of picture counts, Bochum 2014, pp.75-93.

'In the Face of the Human Creature'. A parallel reading by Honoré Daumier and Carl Barks, in: Stephan Packard (ed.): Comic & Politics, Bochum 2014, pp.89-108.

W / Horst Bredekamp, ​​Valerie Hayaert a. Jörg Trempler: Gaddafi - Gau - Geronimo. Political iconographers of our years, in: Zeitschrift fur Ideengeschichte VI, 1 (2012), pp.79-92.

Pictures of decay and resurrection. 'Kraftwerk Jugend' in the context of social-documentary traditions of photography, in: Daniel Seiffert: Kraftwerk Jugend, Berlin 2012, sp

W / Malte Bergmann: scope of the identities. Self-expression in social networks, in: Michael Heinlein a. Katharina Seßler (ed.): The hilarious society? Theoretical and empirical approaches to modern amusement, Bielefeld 2012, pp.275-292.

Of roles and offices. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as an indicator of a "new iconographic framework" of the Federal Republic, in: Oliver Lepsius a. Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus (ed.): Staging as a profession. The case of Guttenberg, Berlin 2011, pp.155-170.

The Song of the Line: Stephan von Huenes's drawings. The contour on the way to the trail, in: Hubertus Gaßner a. Petra Kipphoff von Huene (ed.): Stephan von Huene: The Song of the Line. The drawings 1955 - 1999, Ostfildern 2010, pp.58-78.


'Daumier ante Portas'. Report of the Daumier Conference at Max Liebermannhaus, Berlin, 20.03.2013, in: LISA The Gerda Henkel Foundation's Scientific Portal ( ,

First kill the king. Why giants are good: Philip Manow's new book 'Politische Ursprungssphantasien', in: Die Zeit, 16.06.2011, Nr.25, p.56.

Courtly gallant state art? Research on Guttenberg, in: Die Zeit, 28.04.2011, No.18, p.50.

Getting old. Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Tatjana Reiber explore the history of the charism, in: Portal Ideengeschichte - Reviews - Books 003/05 - 2011 ( /jvmcharis.pdf).