Prof. Henri de Riedmatten

Prof. Henri de Riedmatten

Foundation Board Member


Henri de Riedmatten is a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor at the Department of Art History at the University of Geneva. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy (2004) and a Doctorate in Art History from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, where he was research assistant in the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR Mediality (2005-2008). He was also Head of the Academic Programs at the Swiss Institute in Rome (2009-2014), and a postdoctoral assistant at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich (2014-2018). He has been a visiting researcher at both Harvard University (2007) and at the NCCR eikones/Iconic Criticism at the University of Basel (2013).

Since 2018, Henri de Riedmatten has led the SNSF research project “Restoration as Fabrication of Origins: A Material and Political History of Italian Renaissance Art ». He is conducting postdoctoral research in visual representations of the suicide of Lucretia (in the early period) from Raphael to Rembrandt. His doctoral dissertation was published as Narcisse en eaux troubles. Francis Bacon, Bill Viola, Jeff Wall in 2011, and translated into English in 2014. He has co-edited several collective works, including, most recently, Système du voile. Transparence et opacité dans l’art moderne et contemporain (2016) and Senses of Sight: Towards a Multisensorial Approach of the Image. Essays in Honor of Victor I. Stoichita (2015). He is also the author of several articles on issues of reflection and self-reflection in contemporary art.