Jan Harasimowicz

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Jan Harasimowicz (born August 2, 1950 in Wrocław ) is a Polish art historian, philosopher and theologian. One of his main focuses is the art and cultural history of Wroclaw from the Middle Ages to the present.


Jan Harasimowicz studied art history , philosophy and Protestant theology at the Universities of Wroclaw and Zurich . In 1984 he received his doctorate from the University of Wroclaw on Protestant art during the 16th and 17th centuries in Silesia . In 1991 the habilitation on Silesian epitaphs and tombs from the Reformation followed . With the support of the Volkswagen Foundation, he spent the winter semester 1991/92 as a visiting researcher at the University of Stuttgart . This was followed by stays at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig and at other German universities. He was granted scholarships in Austria, Switzerland and the USA. In 1997 he took over a chair for art and cultural history at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń .

Since 2004 he has held the chair for the history of art of the Renaissance and Reformation at the University of Wroclaw and since 2007 has been the editor of the series “Library of Old Wroclaw” (Bibliotheka Dawnego Wrocławia) . He rendered particular services to the interpretation of the painting The Feast of Herod and the Beheading of John the Baptist , which was probably created by the Wroclaw painter Bartholomäus Strobel in the years 1640–1642 and which is now in the Prado Museum in Madrid . Harasimowicz sees in the painting an accusation against the re-Catholicization policy of the Habsburgs , who were sovereigns of Silesia in their capacity as kings of Bohemia since 1526 .

Jan Harasimowicz is a member of several academies and the Historical Commission for Silesia . The Theological Faculty of the University of Halle awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2010. His other awards include a.

Publications (selection)

  • Treści i funkcje ideowe sztuki śląskiej reformacji 1520–1650. 1986 (dissertation on Protestant art during the 16th and 17th centuries in Silesia )
  • Kultura artystyczna dawnej Legnicy. Opole 1991
  • Mors Janua Vitae: śląskie epitafia i nagrobki wieku reformacji. Wrocław 1992 ( The Silesian Epitaphs and Tombs of the Reformation , Habilitation thesis with a German summary)
  • Enthusiasm and Freedom Thinking: Contributions to the Art and Cultural History of Silesia in the Early Modern Period . Böhlau Verlag, Cologne / Weimar 2010, ISBN 978-3-412-20616-1 ( reading sample )
  • Ksiega pamiatkowa jubileuszu 200-lecia utworzenia Panstwowego Uniwersytetu we Wrocławiu, Volume 2: Universitas litterarum Wratislaviensis 1811–1945. Wroclaw 2013
  • Protestant Church Buildings of the Early Modern Era in Europe: Fundamentals and New Research Concepts. Regensburg 2015
  • Visible word: art as a medium of denominationalization and intensification of faith in the early modern period. Regensburg 2017
  • Co-editor of the series Adel in Schlesien:
    • Volume 1: Rule, Culture, Self-Expression , Munich 2010
    • Volume 2: Repertory: Research Perspectives, Source Studies, Bibliography , Munich 2010
    • Volume 3: Nobility in Silesia and Central Europe: Literature and Culture from the Early Modern Age to the Present , Munich 2013
    • Volume 4: Nobility without a country - country without nobility? Lifeworld, memory and material culture of the Silesian nobility after 1945 , Munich 2019


  • Joachim Bahlcke : Foreword in Jan Harasimowicz: Enthusiasm and freedom- thinking: Contributions to the art and cultural history of Silesia in the early modern period . Böhlau Verlag, Cologne / Weimar 2010, ISBN 978-3-412-20616-1 , pp. VII – XI.
  • Schlesischer Kulturspiegel, year 2004, issue 3, pp. 35–38

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Press release from the University of Halle.