In Search of the University Landscape

  • Kadri Asmer
  • Juhan Maiste
Keywords: Universitas, Platonic Academy, Palace of Knowledge, Enlightenment, university ensemble, building types, iconolgy


In Search of the University Landscape


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Author Biographies

Kadri Asmer

Kadri Asmer is a lecturer and editor in the Department of Art
History at the University of Tartu. Since 2015 she has been working
with her PhD thesis entitled Crisis in Estonian Culture in the 1990s: New
Ways in the Art World after Communism and the Transition to Liberalism.
Asmer has compiled several anthologies including: Armin Tuulse.
Linnad ja lossid (2013); Indrek Hirv. Tartust Pariisi ja tagasi (2016); Juhan
Maiste. Vabadus mäletada (2016). She is the managing editor of the Baltic
Journal of Art History. Her research focuses mainly on 20th century
art history, she is especially interested in cultural politics from the
1950s to the present in the United States and Europe. In addition to
her academic work, she curates exhibitions and writes art reviews.

Juhan Maiste

Juhan Maiste is Professor and Head of the Department of Art
History at the University of Tartu. PhD at the Moscow Central
Institute of Art history (1985), doctoral studies at the university
of Helsinki, second Doctoral degree at the Estonian Academy of
Arts (1995). The annual Baltic prize for the best scientific research
(1997). Fellow and scholarships at the universities of Stockholm,
Oxford, British Academy, and ICCROM in Rome. Visiting professor
at the universities of Helsinki, Turku, Oulu in Finland, Greifswald,
Sapienza University of Rome. Doctor Honoris Causa of the Latvian
Academy of Sciences. Main fields of study: classical ideal and its
reflections in the Renaissance and Neoclassicism in Northern Europe
and Baltic countries, manor architecture, the university landscape
of the Enlightenment period. He is author of several monographs
on philosophy and the poetics of art history, cultural heritage and
landscape architecture. The editor-in-chief of the Baltic Journal of
Art History. Recent publications include: series of publications on
the architectural and cultural history of Tartu University and the
architecture of Johann Wilhelm Krause (5 volumes, 1999–2016), Eesti
kunsti ajalugu (History of Estonian Art, 1770–1830 (ed. by Juhan Maiste,


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