Ingrid Baumgärtner

Ingrid Baumgärtner

Research Associate
Text, Image and Space in Medieval and Renaissance Cartography (13th to 16th Century)
Ingrid  Baumgärtner


Ingrid Baumgärtner obtained her Ph.D. at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, and her 'Habilitation' at Augsburg University. Since 1994 she has been professor for Medieval History at Kassel University, where she also served as Dean of Faculty (2009-2011). She is member of the board of the Historische Kommission für Hessen, treasurer of the Mediävistenverband, Vice president of the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, and member of the DFG-Graduate School "Dynamiken von Raum und Geschlecht". Previous awards and positions include: Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Fellowship of the DFG in Rome/Italy, Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Heisenberg-Fellowship of the DFG, and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Project Summary

The aim of the project is a facsimile-edition with a long introduction of the Portulan-Atlas of Battista Agnese, a Genovese map-maker, who worked between 1535 and 1564 in Venice. All over Europe at least 85 copies of this important Atlas survived. Rulers purchased the Atlas as an object of art and prestige, as a sign of modernity and of territorial knowledge.