The project examines the role of printed portraits in image politics, primarily among German-speaking scholars between the 16th and 18th centuries. It examines the functions of portraits as a medium of self-presentation and self-construction, as instruments promoting prestige and as social currency within the Republic of Letters. The motives and circumstances surrounding their production will also be examined, as will the individuals involved, the recipients of the portraits, the mercantile and postal methods by which they were circulated and practices of criticism, censorship and defamation.
Duration: January 2020 – December 2023
Project participant: Dr Hole Rößler (team member)