Hannah Baader is Academic Program Director of the research program Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices and Senior Research Scholar at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut
Hannah Baader is Permanent Senior Research Scholar at the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut). She is currently the Program Director of the programs Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices. Kunstgeschichte und ästhetische Praktiken at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, and „Connecting Art Histories in the Museum. Africa, Asia, The Mediterranean and Europe“, a cooperation between the KHI Florence together with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
After studying art history, law and philosophy in Berlin and Vienna, she obtained her doctorate in 2001 at the Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on the art of portraiture and theories of friendship in the Early Modern Period. She obtained a grant from the Gerda-Henkel Stiftung and worked at the Freie Universität Berlin (2004-2007), at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (2001-2003) and at the KHI in Florence (2004-2007). From 2007-2012 she was Head of the Max-Planck-Minerva Research Group “Art and the Cultivation of Nature 1200-1650”.
From 2010-2016 she has developed the Research program “Art, Space, Mobility in Early Ages of Globalization. The Mediterranean, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent 400-1650”, together with Gerhard Wolf and Avinoam Shalem, co-financed by the Getty Foundation, as well as the Max-Planck Partner Group “The Temple and the Museum” at JNU, New Delhi, together with Kavita Singh. In 2007, she was a guest at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin; 2014 and 2016, she followed the invitations as Research Scholar of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. In 2017, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.
Currently she is working on a book on the Iconology of the Sea as well as on a co-authored volume on Art and Globalization before the Beginning of the Modern Age, together with Avinoam Shalem and Gerhard Wolf; further research and publications focus on Art and Ecology as well as Museum Studies.