Saskia Christin QuenéPhD candidate
Saskia C. Quené studied Art History, Philosophy and Musicology in Berlin and is a member of the eikones Graduate School since 2015. Her interests of research lie not only in the field of materiality and color in the Italian fifteenth century, but also in the theory of art and aesthetics and questions concerning the interplay between music and visual arts.
On the Transformation of Golden Grounds in Quattrocento Panel Painting
The purpose of this research is to identify and analyze various modalities and applications of the gilded ground in the oeuvre of Fra Angelico and Quattrocento Italian panel painting. I am particularly interested in three subjects Fra Angelico was concerned with: The Madonna of Humility (How can we perceive and understand the interplay between figura, campo and piano?), The Annunciation to Mary (Why does the gilded ground transform frequently into special representations of brocade and silk?) and The Coronation of the Virgin (What is the connection between represented light and the luminous gold in the context of Mary in Heaven?)