Simone Westermann

Dr. Simone Westermann (1985) studied Art and Architectural History, Italian Literature, and History and Theory of Photography in Cambridge and Zurich. In 2018, she obtained her PhD from the Department of Art History at the University of Zurich with a dissertation on Altichiero of Padua and the visual narrative of the late 14th century. During her master's and doctoral studies, Simone Westermann taught several undergraduate seminars in Art, Architecture, and Art Theory from 1300 to 1700. From 2013 to 2018, she was a member of the interdisciplinary doctoral school "Civiltà Italiana" at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano) and a doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (Max-Planck-Institute) and the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institute in Rome. After completing her PhD, Simone Westermann substituted Apl. Prof. Dr. Peter Seiler at Humboldt University in Berlin and subsequently taught another semester at the same university. In 2021, she received a research scholarship at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich for her current postdoctoral project on The creation of time: Artistic reflections on temporality in late medieval and early modern Italy, which Simone continues to pursue alongside her work at the Platform for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Production. Simone Westermann's research interests include ‘the large-scale fresco cycles of the late Middle Ages in Italy’, ‘profane book illumination in the 14th century’, ‘representations of time and temporality in medieval and early modern artworks’, ‘narrative structures and theories of the visual’, ‘the figuration of the peripheral - objects, frames, and ornaments’, as well as ‘weather phenomena in art and literature of the later Middle Ages and early modern period’.