Armin Kunz is an art historian and managing partner of C.G. Boerner, a dealership for old master prints and drawings with galleries in Düsseldorf and New York. His areas of special interest are Northern art of the early modern period and German Romanticism.

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Pietro Santo Bartoli (after Giulio Romano), The Giants Struck by the Ruins of a Temple (1680), engraving, 7 1/2 x 11 in. Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München. Photo: Gunnar Gustafsson.

When I learned about the exhibition “Grande Decorazione,” my first thought—judging from the title—was that it might simply be covering the same ground as earlier scholarly projects Read More

An Archeology of the Iconic World: Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

In his assessment of the major shifts in philosophical thinking during the course of the 20th century, the German philosopher Wolfram Hogrebe came up with a succinct summary: “The last century started with consciousness, exhausted itself with language, and ended with the image.” This is the age of the image. If they became increasingly prevalent over the last hundred years, they are now ubiquitous across a range of media that could hardly have been imagined a century ago. Read More