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Dr. Valérie Kobi

Universität Hamburg

Valérie Kobi is visiting professor at the Universität Hamburg, Germany and the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art.


The relationship between optical revolution and art theory

from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Valérie Kobi received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Neuchâtel in 2014 (Prix Nexans de la Recherche). She has been awarded grants and fellowships from various research institutions, including the German Academic Exchange Service, the Getty Research Institute, the Swiss Institute of Rome, and the Swiss Science Foundation. Since October 2016, she is furthermore a Fellow of the Young ZiF, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, in Bielefeld.

Her first book project, published under the title Dans l’œil du connoisseur. Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694–1774) et la construction des savoirs en histoire de l’art (Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2017), aimed – through the example of the French collector Pierre-Jean Mariette – to define the different stages that marked the formation of knowledge in eighteenth-century art history and, more broadly, to question the role played by the figure of the connoisseur in this dynamic. Her most recent edited books include: Johannes Grave, Christiane Holm, Valérie Kobi and Caroline van Eck, eds., The Agency of Display. Objects, Framings, and Parerga (Dresden, Sandstein Verlag, 2018) and Valérie Kobi, Alexander Linke, Stephanie Marchal, eds., Spannungsfeld Museum. Akteure, Narrative und Politik in Deutschland und Frankreich um 1900 (Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019).