Institut für Kunstgeschichte


Prof. Dr. Chiara Franceschini

Prof. Dr. Chiara Franceschini

Professur mit Schwerpunkt Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit



Kunst, Kunsttheorien und Kunstgeografien im vormodernen Italien, Europa und Mittelmeerraum; Transkulturelle Begegnungen und Konflikte um und durch Bilder im Mittelmeerraum

Kunst und Architektur der sozialen und religiösen Räume der Vormoderne (Klöster, Spitäler, Kapellen, Kirchen, usw.)

Verhältnis Bilder/Texte und Bildsemantik

Status der Bilder im religiösen, rechtlichen und politischen Rahmen; Bilderfrage/Stilfrage in der Renaissance, Reformationszeit und in der Gegenreformation

Normativität und Autonomie der Kunst

Bildtheorie, Methoden, Geschichte der Kunstgeschichte (Photographie und Kunstgeschichte, Photo-archiven)

Leitung des ERC Projektes SACRIMA "The Normativity of Sacred Images in Early Modern Europe".


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1. New Publication:

Chapels of the Cinquecento and Seicento in the Churches of Rome, edited by Chiara Franceschini, Steven F. Ostrow, and Patrizia Tosini, Milano: Officina Libraria, 2020
Nine studies of early modern private chapels as multimedia “laboratories” for social and devotional display and for artistic invention and innovation in 16th- and 17th-century Rome.
Roman church interiors throughout the Early Modern age were endowed with rich historical and visual significance. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in anticipation of and following the Council of Trent, and in response to the expansion of the Roman Curia, the chapel became a singular arena in which wealthy and powerful Roman families, as well as middle-class citizens, had the opportunity to demonstrate their status and role in Roman society. In most cases the chapels were conceived not as isolated spaces, but as part of a more complex system, which involved the nave and the other chapels within the church, in a dialogue among the arts and the patrons of those other spaces. This volume explores this historical and artistic phenomenon through nine examples involving the patronage of prominent Roman families such as the Frangipane, Spadas, Caetanis, Cybos and important artists and architects such as Federico Zuccari, Annibale Carracci, Giacomo della Porta, Francesco da Volterra, Carlo Maderno, Alessandro Algardi, Carlo Maratta.

2. New Article:

"Mattia Preti’s Madonna della Lettera: Painting, Cult, and Inquisition in Malta, Messina, and Rome", in: Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 61 (Heft III), 2019, pp. 335-365


3. New Project:

Joint Project LMU-WASEDA: Early Modern Sacred Images in Japan and Europe: Contact, Comparison, Conflict (2019 - 2021)
Centered on sacred images traversing cultures, this DAAD and Waseda sponsored research project investigates the active role of objects and images as agents of religious encounter and conflict between early modern Europe and Japan. The two-year interactive initiative consists of two convening seminars held on the LMU and Waseda campuses respectively, and two subsequent guest lecture exchanges. Financially supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service), this multi-year project brings together two autonomous research teams based in Germany (Munich) and in Japan (Tokyo) that are united by parallel research programs currently investigating the notion of sacred images in early modernity, specifically the ERC-funded SACRIMA Project and Professor Yoshie Kojima’s Reception and Transformation of Western Christian Art in Japan from the 16th to 19th Centuries. Each meeting aims to compare different art historical image theories and sets of visual norms that frame (and reframe) interpretations of Christianity, Shintoism and Buddhism in each community. By confronting Christian imagery in Japan and Europe from a cross-cultural point of view, this project pushes researchers to doubt and interrogate the early modern notion of the “sacred image” as well as current interpretative constructs such as “global art,” “interconnection” and “hybridity.”
The 2019 seminars consist of a series of collaborative workshops and teaching exchanges to enable interaction and comparative study. The first seminar between 28 October – 1 November 2019 is entitled Sacred Images in Early Modern Catholic Europe, and will take place on the LMU campus and consist of various site visits around Bavaria. The second seminar, Christian Images in Early Modern Japan over 18 – 23 November, will occur on the Waseda campus and include visits to Nara, Kyoto, and Osaka. Throughout the project’s duration, the LMU and Waseda Teams will independently develop lines of research to complicate and challenge standard art historical approaches and build towards successive meetings in Germany and Japan.
The two teaching exchanges scheduled for 2020 will increase teaching skills and expand undergraduate and graduate student awareness and comprehension of Christian images in Germany and Japan. In the first teaching exchange (Munich, July 2020) Prof. Kojima will teach three guest lectures in a course organized by Prof. Franceschini at LMU. In the second teaching exchange (Tokyo, November 2020) Prof. Franceschini will teach three guest lectures in a course organized by Prof. Kojima at Waseda. Each teaching exchange will include an intensive research workshop by the guest professor with the LMU and Waseda Teams to summarize, consolidate, and respond to the results of the intensive workshops from the year prior, and subsequent research over the intervening year. This teaching exchange is intended to further the conversation and encourage the next generation of scholars to engage with the agency of Catholic imagery.