Donnerstag, 18. November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

Art Historiography Around 1870

Statues, Arabesques and the Invention of the Bilderverbot

Alte Kapelle am Campus der Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 2.8, 1090 Wien


This talk discusses the coining of the German term 'Bilderverbot' in the later nineteenth-century which decidedly shaped later Islamic art historiography, denoting an essential inclination towards aniconism and iconoclasm that supposedly informed visual culture. At the same time, the arabesque emerged as the quintessential index of the Bilderverbot and its cultural implications in the work of scholars such as Alois Riegl.


Paradoxically it was also in the 1870s that monumental public sculpture was erected for the first time in the Islamic world by a Muslim dynasty, the Khedives of Egypt.



Prof. Dr. Finbarr Barry FLOOD:

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the Humanities

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History


Prof. Markus Ritter, Institut für Kunstgeschichte


Gabriele Christina Schima
Institut für Kunstgeschichte