Jaya Remond received her PhD in 2014 from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled The Kunstbüchlein: Creating and Transmitting Artistic Know-how in Renaissance Germany, deals with printed artists’ manuals of the sixteenth century, such as Sebald Beham’s Kunst und Ler Büchlin and Erhard Schön’s Unnderweissung der proportzion unnd stellung der possen. Concentrating on the function and strategy of these training books, her study examines the authors’ goals, the specificity of their pedagogical mission, and the ways in which artistic knowledge (including basic geometry, the mastery of perspective and human proportions) is selected, framed, and presented. These small how-to books do not merely fix and transmit knowledge: they also seek to organize and codify it. Rather than offering a realistic program, however, Kunstbüchlein authors create and develop an ideal syllabus of artistic education.
Jaya’s research interests focus on Northern European art 1400–1700, artistic theory and practice in the early modern period, print culture, and the migration of artists and objects. Her work has been supported by research grants from the Graduate School of Art and Science at Harvard University where she was a presidential scholar, from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, the Kress Foundation, and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte. She is currently funded by a Research Scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science