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Global Horizons in Pre-Modern Art

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 771383

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 904 188

  • EU contribution

    € 1 904 188

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

Objective

The horizon is the line that seems to separate earth from sky, the line that divides all visible categories into two categories: those that intersect the earth’s surface and those that do not. The horizon is key to the experience of space; it defines our perspective on the visible world. The GLOBAL HORIZONS project will investigate the historical meanings and functions of the horizon in visual and intellectual cultures of the pre-Modern world on a global scale. Examining how pre-Modern cultures conceived of the horizon opens a crucial line of inquiry into understanding the many different ways in which humans have conceived of the relationship between an invisible cosmos and the visible world.
Non-western art history is rarely taught at European institutions although countless important works of Non-Western art are kept in museum collections all across Europe. Including non-western concepts of pictorial space is key to the project, however, for Eurocentric models of art history have generally privileged the rise of the linear perspective. This framing has limited our understanding of the horizon’s complex rhetorical, visual and epistemological roles.
The project’s specific question connects a variety of objects and epistemological categories, such as panel painting, manuscript illumination, profane und religious objects, cartography, travel accounts, and cosmological treaties. The applied methodological approaches will range from art history, visual studies and cultural anthropology. They will also draw upon interdisciplinary expertise, such as technologies of art production, history of science and philosophy. The project thus makes an important contribution to global art history, a highly innovative area in which only very few pre-modern topics have been addressed. It is the ultimate goal of GLOBAL HORIZONS is to suggest a new history of representation in Western medieval art.

Host institution

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Address

Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 904 188

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 1 904 188

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 771383

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    31 August 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 904 188

  • EU contribution

    € 1 904 188

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland