Ulrich Pfisterer teaches art history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He holds degrees from the universities of Göttingen (1997) and Hamburg (2006). His interests encompass the fields of early modern art in Europe as well as the methodology and historiography of art history. He has published books on, among others, Donatello, art literature and theory in the Italian Renaissance, the social uses of Renaissance medals in Italy, the Sistine Chapel and “birthing art,” which deals with the relation of erotic concepts of procreativity and artistic creativity in early modern Europe. [January 2015]

Paradise on Paper

The allure of Arcadia arises in large part from the tension between nature and art. This dream-time and dream-place embodies not only the pastoral ideal of a simple life in harmony with nature, but also gives form to principles of virtue, love, otium (contemplation and leisure) and what we would now call creativity Read More