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The Jacob Burckhardt Prize

The Jacob Burckhardt Prize was founded in 2004 on the initiative of the former directors of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (KHI), Prof Max Seidel and Prof Gerhard Wolf.
The prize is to be awarded every two years to up-and-coming researchers who will be selected by the directors and the Friends of the KHI. As well as a three-month stay at the Florence-based institute to conduct research, prize winners will be invited to give a public lecture and to publish an article in the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz (Proceedings of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz).
The prize takes its name from the Swiss cultural and art historian Jacob Burckhardt (1818 – 1897). His works such as “The Cicerone. A Guide to the works of art in Italy (1855), The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy. An Essay” (1860) and “The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance” (1867) have had an enduring influence on research in the arts. It is therefore primarily thanks to Burckhardt that from the second half of the 19th century onwards writers on art history in the German-speaking countries saw exploration of the art of the Italian Renaissance as their most important mission. This enthusiasm explains why the first German-established centre for the study of art history founded in Italy in 1897 was located in Florence.

Former awardees were Prof Dr Stanko Kokole (2004), Prof Dr Johannes Myssok (2007) and Dr Rebecca Müller (2009) and Prof Dr Nicola Suthor (2011).

 


Jacob Burckhardt (1818-97)



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The Jacob Burckhardt Prize 2011
In 2011, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut) (the Institute of Art History in Florence [Max Planck Institute]) and its Förderverein (Friends) awarded the Jacob Burckhardt Prize to Prof Dr Nicola Suthor, visiting professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, in recognition of her research in the field of Italian art. The Prize, donated by Irene and Rolf Becker, will be presented at a formal ceremony in Munich.
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The Jacob Burckhardt Prize 2009
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut (Institute of Art History in Florence – Max Planck Institute) (KHI) and its Förderverein (Friends) have awarded the Jacob Burckhardt Prize 2009 to Dr Rebecca Müller, research associate at the Kunstgeschichtliches Institut (Institute of Art History) of the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt-on-Main. The Prize is awarded in recognition of her research in the field of Italian art. The Prize will be presented at a formal ceremony in Florence.
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The Jacob Burckhardt Prize 2007
In 2007, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut) (the Institute of Art History in Florence [Max Planck Institute]) and its Förderverein (Friends) awarded the Jacob Burckhardt Prize to Dr Johannes Myssok, assistant professor at the University of Münster, for his research into Italian sculpture dating from Early Modern History to the epoch-making neo-classical sculptor Antonio Canova. The Prize, donated by Irene and Rolf Becker, Munich, carries a value of 10,000 Euros and was awarded in a public ceremony held by the Institute in Florence on 4 December 2007.
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Jacob Burckhardt Prize 2004
The Jacob Burckhardt Prize was endowed by Rolf Becker, an honorary member of the Verein zur Förderung des Kunsthistorischen Instituts in Florenz (Friends of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz); he worked closely with the directors of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (KHI) Prof Max Seidel and Prof Gerhard Wolf, who will in future be responsible for selecting candidates.
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