Cordula Grewe

Cordula Grewe

Professor, Art History


  • Ph.D., Albert-Ludwigs-Universiät, Freiburg Br. (Germany), 1998
  • M.A., American University, Washington, D.C., 1990

Research interests

eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art and aesthetics; visual piety in the modern age; German art, 1750 to 1920; portraiture, performance, and the tableau vivant, 1700-the present; digital arts and humanities, "Nazi Cultures of Display: A Digital Reconstruction of the Great German Art Exhibition and the Degenerate Art Show"

Selected publications


Wilhelm Schadow (1788-1862): Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde mit einer Auswahl der dazugehörigen Zeichnungen und Druckgrafiken. Petersburg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2017.

The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-garde and the Art of the Concept, University Park: Penn State University Press, 2015.

Review: Stephen Bann on The Nazarenes

Review: Joseph Leo Koerner on The Nazarenes

Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.


Edited books + special journal issues

The Enchanged World of German Romantic Prints, 1770-1850. Collection catalogue, co-edited with John Ittmann. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2017.

Die Schau des Fremden: Ausstellungskonzepte zwischen Kunst, Kommerz und Wissenschaft. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2006.

An Empire of Vision: German Art and Visual Culture, 1848-1919. Special issue, Intellectual History Review 17, no. 2 (2007).

From Manhatten to Mainhatten: Architecture and Style as Transatlantic Dialogue, 1920-1970. Washington, D.C.: German Historical Institute, 2005.


Articles (most recent in English)

“Aesthetic Religion, Religious Aesthetics, and the Romantic Quest for Epiphany.” In A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Art, edited by Michelle Facos. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 175-192.

“Symbols of Time: Ariosto, the Nazarenes, and the Poetics of Epic Fresco.” In Revision, Revival and Return: The Italian Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Lina Bolzoni and Alina Payne. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018, 341-366.

“Raphael’s Madonnas Domesticated: A Return to Purity and Piety in German Prints”& “Outline and Arabesque: Simplicity and Complexity in German Prints.” In The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints, 1770–1850, coedited with John Ittmann, 68-91 & 228-247. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2017.

“Schwind's Symphony: Beethoven, Biedermeier, and the Cruelty of Romance.” In Rival Sisters; Art and Music at the Birth of Modernism, edited by James H. Rubin and Olivia Mattis, 225-248. Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.

“Notes from the Field: Appropriation.” Art Bulletin 94, no. 2 (2012): 175-78.

Awards & Honors

  • Getty Travel Grant, “Rethinking 1800: German Art and the Birth of Romanticism”
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
  • Publication grant, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Hans Kohn Fellowship, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study
  • Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Kolleg BildEvidenz, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung doctoral fellowship
  • Fulbright Award (graduate studies)