Charlotta Krispinsson

Dr. Charlotta Krispinsson

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Doktoranden- und Postdoc-Förderung
Swedish Research Council


Charlotta Krispinsson holds an international postdoc position funded by the Swedish Research Council. She is also a researcher in Media History at Lund University, Sweden. The title of her current postdoc-project is “Copies and Replicas in 17th century Northern Europe: Image, Medium, and Practice”. The aim is to offer new knowledge about the making of painted copies and replicas during the 17th Century, in areas of Northern Europe geographically distant from the artistic centres of the time. The research addresses practices of copying by hand considered as a cultural technique, and painted copies and replicas considered as the outcome of image circulation where images migrate between different media across time and space. The 17th century was an important period of transition between earlier and later concepts of art, as well as a century when the demand for and making of paintings increased significantly. For this reason, important topics for the research projects are thus imitation, repetition and stylistic belatedness as practiced by artists and in parts of Northern Europe that traditionally have been considered as less important in previous art historiography.

Krispinsson earned her PhD in art history at Stockholm University in October 2016. Her thesis, Historiska porträtt som kunskapskälla: Samlingar, arkiv och konsthistorieskrivning (Historical Portraits as Documents: Collections, Archives, Art Historiography), published by Nordic Academic Press 2016, is a study on the reception history of early modern portraiture as expressed in art historiography 1880-1945. It is also the first study on the museum history of national portrait galleries in Europe.

Research interests: The visual history of the 16th and 17th century in Northern Europe, image theory, early modern media history, art historiography, museum history, portraiture and theories on portrayal.



Historiska porträtt som kunskapskälla: Samlingar, arkiv och konsthistorieskrivning, diss. Stockholm, Nordic Academic Press, Lund 2016.


“Temptation, Resistance, and Art Objects: On the Lack of Material Theory within Art History before the Material Turn”, Artium Quaestiones, no. XXVIV, 2018.

“Collecting Faces: Art History and the Epistemology of Portraiture. The Case of the Swedish Portrait Archive”, Sensorium Journal, no.1, 2016.

“Collection BIOMUS / Museum Fantasies”, How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, Moscow Biennale Art Foundation, Moskow 2015.

Book Chapters

“Authenticity and the Painter as Professional Observer: Eyewitnessing through Portraiture in early 20th Century Art Historiography” in Claudia Hattendorf & Lisa Beißwanger (eds.), Augenzeugenschaft als Konzept: Konstruktionen von Wirklichkeit in Kunst und visueller Kultur seit 1800, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2019.


“The True Image”, Kunsthistorisk bogliste, no. 14, 2018.

“Aby Warburg’s Legacy and the Concept of Image Vehicles. ‘Bilderfahrzeuge’: On the Migration of Images, Forms and Ideas. London 13-14 March 2015, Konsthistorisk tidskrift no. 84, vol. 4, 2015.

“The Challenge of the Object. CIHA:s (Congrès International d’Histoire de l’Art) 33:e internationella kongress för konstvetare. Nürnberg 15–20 juli 2012”, Konsthistorisk tidskrift, no. 81, vol.3, 2012.

Conference Papers and Sessions

08/2019 “Painted Copies and Views on Authenticity in Seventeenth-Century Sweden”, Faking it. Forgery and Fabrication in Early Modern and Late Medieval Culture, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg.

06/2019 “Svensk porträttforskning under 1900-talets första hälft: Metoder, arkiv och begrepp”, Hundra år av svensk konsthistoria – och sen?, Uppsala University, Uppsala.

02/2019 “Early 20th Century Curatorial Strategies to enhance the Power of Portraiture: Ludwig Justi and the National Portrait Gallery in Berlin 1913-1933”, CAA Annual Conference, New York.

10/2018 “A Farewell to Critique? Reconsidering Critique as Art Historical Method.”, The 12th Triannual Nordik Committee for Art History Conference: No Title, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen. (session holder).

07/2018 “In the Presence of Great Men: The German National Portrait Gallery 1913-1933”, Portraiture, Durham University, Durham.

10/2017 “Images of Learned and Great Men: Admiration and Secular Idol Worship as Aesthetic Experience”, Aesthetic Experience in Early Modern Cultures, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm.

09/2017 “Portraiture as Eyewitnessing in Art Historiography from 1885 to 1930”, ‘On the Spot at the Time’: Eyewitnessing and Authenticity in the Visual Arts, c. 1800-2000, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.

09/2017 “In the Presence of Great Men: The German National Portrait Gallery 1913-1933”, Art and Presence, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

08/2017 “Das Bildnis in der Kunstgeschichtsschreibung und in der kunstwissenschaftlichen Forschung”, Das Bildnis zwischen Staatsporträt und Selfie, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., Seminarzentrum Gut Siggen, Oldenburg.

03/2017 “The Afterlife of Early Modern Portraiture in Digitized Museum Collections: Discovering Conventions and Forgotten Images.” Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries, Gothenburg University.

09/2015 “Collecting Faces: Art Historians and the Epistemology of Portraiture. The Case of the Swedish Portrait Archive.”, A Medium is a Medium is a Medium, Linköping University, Linköping.

05/2015 “Expanding Perspectives in the Study of Art Historiography.”, The 11th Triannual Nordik Committee for Art History Conference: Mapping Unchartered Territories, University of Iceland, Reykjavik. (session holder).

04/2015 “The Concept of Iconography prior to Panofsky”, Reconsidering the Origins of Portraiture, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.