Prof. Dr. Tanja Michalsky is director at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institute für Art History, in Rome since 2014. She studied Art History, German Philology and Philosophy in Trier and Munich. Phd at the LMU Munich 1995 (Memoria and Representation. The Angevin Tombs in Italy); 1995-2000 Research Assistant at the Department of Art History of the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt; Habilitation 2004 at the Heinrich Heine-University, Düsseldorf, (Projection and Imagination. The dutch landscape of the early modern period in the discourse of geography and painting); 2004/05 Research Professor at the Italian Academy of Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, NY; 2005-07 Professor at the Department of Art History of the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt; 2007-14 Professor for Art History at the University of the Arts, Berlin. 2012-14 Director of the Graduate School „Knowledge of the Arts“. The common denominators of her research fields are the reflection on the epistemic status of images and their cultural codification as well as the investigation of the political and sociological relevance and significance of works of art (from tomb-sculpture to landscape-painting, maps and films). Programmatically this means the combination of historical-critical material analysis with current art historical questions pertaining to globalisation (interculturalty) and the artistic production of knowledge. Her current research is on the urban structure of Naples and the mental maps of Flavio Biondo.