German historian Volker Reinhardt, 65, has been teaching since the early 1990s
the University of Friborg in Switzerland. He is considered an expert on Italian
History, especially for the Renaissance era, and authored books
about the dynasties of the Medici and the Borgia, about Leonardo, Machiavelli and
Michelangelo. But he has also researched beyond the borders of Italy: In
He devoted himself to life, among others Martin Luther
and the Marquis de Sade.
Reinhardt, the museums celebrate as elaborately as never the painting of the past. What does that say about our present?
there is a yearning for enchantment in our disenchanted world. Just
the mysterious rests, we think, more or less hidden in the womb
a distant story and should be decrypted. This is like a uranium,
and in a world that has made almost everything explainable, it works more than
ever. Our handling of the images of the past is an expression of this.
Present is hard to see through and understand. Is not it easy?
only more tempting to indulge in the beauty of century-old sculptures than to deal with the actuality?