Klaus Krüger is Professor of Art History at the Freie Universität of Berlin, and was previously chair of art history at the Universities of Greifswald and Basel. He has been a fellow in Paris (ÉHÉSS 1999), New York (Columbia University 2004-05), Konstanz (University/ Center of Excellence 2007-08), Vienna (IFK 2011) and Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana/ Max-Planck- Institute 2012-13). Since 2012 he has been Co- Director of the Center for Advanced Study/ Research College “BildEvidenz. Geschichte und Ästhetik” in Berlin (www.bildevidenz.de), and Co- Editor of the book series “Historische Semantik” and “Figura. Ästhetik, Geschichte, Literatur”. His research interests include the history and cultural status of visual images, their changing roles in medieval and early modern times, with special reference to Italian painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to Baroque (12th-17th century); the origin and early history of the altarpiece; visionary images; and Caravaggio. He has written on Gerhard Richter, and contemporary art, film, and the theories and methodology of art history.