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Antonina Tetzlaff

Aby Warburg Fellow

Antonina studied History of Art and Business Administration at the Universities of Hamburg,  of Roma, La Sapienza, and at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. She completed her Masters in 2020 with a thesis on the image-script-relation in the typological wall paintings  of Brixen cathedral cloister (Karl H. Ditze Award for outstanding master theses 2022, Univ. of Hamburg). She has been working as a student research assistant at University of Hamburg, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and Ruhr-University Bochum. Since 2021 she is a predoctoral researcher and teaching associate for medieval art at Ruhr-University. Her PhD project is funded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance / Wall Painting / Image & Script / Art Theory / Reception Theory

I’m currently working on my dissertation project (working title: “image-script ensembles in Italian mural painting from the Trecento to the Cinquecento”) which analyses how written elements were integrated and designed in Italian wall painting of the 14th to the 16th centuries, and the visual structuring of the cycles and their spatial context through the interplay of pictorial and written elements. The dissertation is intended to provide a basis for further study of the extensive material and will include a theory chapter, an overview of the various dimensions of the integration of written elements into wall painting and their typical design elements, as well as a small number of case studies.