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פרופ' אסף פינקוס

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פרופ' אסף פינקוס
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מידע כללי

Assaf Pinkus, who graduated with distinction from Tel Aviv University, specializes in 14th-century German sculpture.

His publications examine the issues of cosmology, patronage, and mass-production of the Parler School.

During 2004-2006 he was writing a postdoctoral dissertation at Freiburg University, where he investigated aspects of narrativity and spectatorship of late medieval sculpture. 

He is currently a senior faculty member Tel Aviv University, engaging with the medieval notion of symulachra and somatic, as well as imaginative responses to medieval imagery.


קורות חיים


Awards and Grants


Israeli Science Foundation

2018 The Kadar Family Award for Outstanding Research
2016 Gerda Henkel Stiftung
2014 Israeli Science Foundation
2011 ICMA Sponsored Session at Leeds, International Center of Medieval Art, New York
2009 Rector's Prize, outstanding lecturer
2007-2010 Alon Fellowship for outstanding scholars
German Israeli Foundation: Young Scientists’ Program
2007 VGWort distinguished grant for book publication
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft: Minerva Postdoctoral Fellowship, Freiburg University.
2005 Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung fuer Geisteswissenschaften: distinguished grant for book publication.
1999-2002 Rotenstreich Scholarship: PhD for distinguished candidates.
1998 Y. Bat-Miriam Grant: Excellence in Studies
1997 Dean's Award: BA magna cum laude
1995 DAAD
Academic position
2018- Head of the Research Committee, Faculty of the Arts
2018 Visiting Professor, Institut für Kunsgeschichte, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf​
2017- Head of the Multi- and Interdisciplinary Programs in the Arts
2016-2017 Reseach Fellow, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut, Goethe Universität Frankfurt​  
2015- Head of TIAF - The Tel Aviv Israeli Art Foundation
2014-2016 Membership Committee  ICMA
2013-2016 Director of the University Art Gallery
2013–2015  International Associate of ICMA
2012–2016 Chair of the Art History Department

Research Fellow, Universität Wien


IMAGO, The Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages, Chairperson

2008  Universität Wien, Part-Time Lecturer
Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University
2006–2010 Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Senior Lecturer
2004-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, project with collaboration of Prof. Wilhelm Schlink: "Patrons and Narratives of the Parler School"




































תחומי מחקר

I am an art historian from Tel Aviv University, whose research focuses on late medeival German Gothic Sculpture and trecento painting. My monograph on the sculptural programs of the collegiate church St. Theobald in Thann inquired into problems of artistic production, workshop routine, and medieval mass-sculpture, exploring the political agenda of the ecclesiastic and lay art commissioners animated in the imagery. Following this work, I embarked on a broader project dedicated to the ensemble of the Parler tympana at Augsburg, Freiburg, Schwaebisch Gmuend, Thann and Ulm, concentrating on the aspects of narrativity, visuality, and spectatorship. My recent project on the medieval notion of symulachra engages with issues of imaginative and somatic responses to medieval imagery, especially to human effigies and voyeuristic and violence imagery, arguing for a non-religious understanding of medieval art.


Books and Monographs

Assaf Pinkus, Violence and Bodily Imagination: Images of Martyrdom in Late Medieval Germany (University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, due 2020). 

Assaf Pinkus and Tamar Cholcman, eds., The Sides of the North, An Anthology in Honor of Professor Yona Pinson (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

Assaf Pinkus, Sculpting Simulacra in Medieval Germany, 1250-1380 (Burlington: Ashgate, 2014).

Assaf Pinkus, Patrons and Narratives of the Parler School. The Marian Tympana, 1350-1400. Kunstwissenschaftliche Sudien Band 151 (Berlin,  München: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009).

Assaf Pinkus, Workshops and Patrons of St. Theobald in Thann (Münster, Berlin, New York: Waxmann Verlag, 2006).


Selected Articles

Assaf Pinkus “ein rise starc unde grôz”: Temporalities of Salvation in St. Jakob in Kastelaz, Word & Image (2020, forthcoming): 1–19

Assaf Pinkus, "Verkörperte Imagination, imaginierte Körper: Die Martyrien des hl. Bartholomäus und der hl. Katharina in der rheinischen Kunst des Spätmittelalters, Zeitschrift des Deutschen Vereins für Kunstwissenschaft 72/73 (2020, forthcoming).

Assaf Pinkus, “The Giant of Bremen: Roland and the “Colossus Imagination,” Speculum 93, no. 2 (2018): 387–429.

Assaf Pinkus, “Transformations in Wood: Between Sculpture and Painting in Late Medieval Devotional Objects in Germany,” Viator 48, no. 3 (2017): 263-91.

Assaf Pinkus, “Lost in Symulachra: The Living Statues on the Imperial Balcony in Mühlhausen,” Neue Frankfurter Forschungen zur Kunst 16  (2015): 384–400. 

Assaf Pinkus and Michal Ozeri, "For Body to Icon: The Life of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Murals of S. Piero a S. Piero a Grado," Convivium 2 (2014): 1–21.

Assaf Pinkus, “Guido da Sienna and the Four Modes of Violence,” in Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300-1650,  eds. John  Decker and Mitzi Kirkland-Ives (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014),  24–43.

Assaf Pinkus, “Imaginative Responses to Gothic Sculpture: the Bamberg Rider,” Viator 45, no. 1 (2014): 1–30.

Assaf Pinkus, “Visual Aggression: The Martyrs’ Cycle in Schwäbisch Gmünd,” Gesta 52, no. 1 (2013): 43–59.

Assaf Pinkus, “The Founder Figures at Vienna Cathedral: Between Imago and Symulachrum,” Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschat 40                  (2014): 63–92.

Assaf Pinkus, “Gothic Symulachra: The Naumburger Stifterfiguren,” in Der Naumburger Meister – Bildhauer und Architekt im Europa der Kathedralen, vol. 3, ed. Guido Siebert (Petersberg; Imhof, 2013), 204–17.

Assaf Pinkus, “The Womb and the Eye: Viewing the Shrine Madonna,” Arte Medievale 4, no. 2 (2012): 223–42.

Assaf Pinkus, “Violence and Sacredness in Fourteenth-Century Art,” Zmanim 118 (2011): 32–41 (Hebrew).

Assaf Pinkus, “Voyeuristic Stimuli: Seeing and Hearing in Giotto's Painting,” Wiener Jahrbuch Für Kunstgeschichte LIX (2010): 7–26.

Assaf Pinkus, "Giottus Pictor: Review Essay," Kunstchronik 63, no. 4, (2010): 165–72.

Assaf Pinkus, Parler Lapicide,” online article and exhibition, ICMA, Princeton University,

Assaf Pinkus, “The Italian Connection: On the Origins of the Parler Art,” Assaph. Studies in Art History 12 (2008): 63–102.

Assaf Pinkus “The Parler School of Southwestern Germany: a Reconsideration of 14th Century Workshops and Mass Sculpture,” Zeitschrift des Deutschen Vereins für Kunstwissenschaft 61 (2007): 49–80.

Assaf Pinkus, “The Patron Hidden in the Narrative: Eve and Johanna at St. Theobald in Thann,” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 70, no.1 (2007): 23–54.

Assaf Pinkus, “L’art des Parler: l’église Saint-Thiébaut de Thann au temps des Habsbourg,” Thann. Petite et Grande Histoire 21 (2006): 12–20.

Assaf Pinkus, “The German in the Parler Art: Narratives of South German Gothic Sculpture,” in: Pictorial Languages and their Meanings, eds. Christine B. Verzar and Gil Fishhof (Tel Aviv, 2006), 185–202.

Assaf Pinkus, “Das Schöpfungsportal: Kunst und Lehre im mittelalterlichen Freiburg,” Münsterblatt 13 (2006): 4–12.

Assaf Pinkus, “Rudolf’s Journey: Art Patronage and Politics in the St. Theobald Minster in Thann,” Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch 65 (2004): 273–88.





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