Jens Baumgarten

Member of the steering committee

Jens Baumgarten is Professor for Art History at the Federal University of São Paulo (Universidade Federal de São Paulo). He studied Art History and History in Hamburg and Florence. After his post-doctorate fellowships in Dresden, Germany, Mexico City and Campinas, Brazil, he established one of the first autonomous departments of Art History in Brazil. In 2010, he was Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence in 2016/2017. He is a member of the Brazilian Committee of Art History (CBHA). He specializes in early modern art history of Latin America and Europe as well as in historiography of art, visual culture and its theoretical and methodological contexts. Baumgarten has authored the book ‘Image, Confession, and Power’ (in German, 2004), several articles, and is preparing a book on ‘Visual systems in Colonial Brazil’ and another about comparisons between Brazilian and Filipino art history.


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