I received my Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2002), and my Ph.D. from Humboldt-University Berlin (2008), which was published with Akademie Verlag as 'Visions of the Courtly Body: The Patronage of George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham and the Triumph of Painting at the Stuart Court' in 2012 (Winner of the Historians of British Art Book Prize 2014). My research focuses on the paradigm of the body in the visual arts. Previous papers and publications discuss the performative interplay between processes of visual portrayal and identity-formation, the role of the body's physical determination in the reception of art, and the agency of the body's behavioral routine and trajectory in the process of artistic production. My research projects have been supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens Stiftung, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Junior-Research-Fund of the LMU Excellency Program. From November 2013 to October 2015, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institute), pursuing a project on 'The Image of the Master: Concepts of Training and Mastery in European and Chinese Art Theory, 1400 - 1850 C.E.'.