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Hanno and Ilse Hahn Prize
Hanno and Ilse Hahn Prize

Hanno and Ilse Hahn Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Italian Art History

The prize is awarded every two years by the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome and is endowed with 2,500 euros. It is one of the rare European awards designated for young art historians who do yet not have their postdoctoral qualifications. This prize is in memory of the only son of the first president of the Max Planck Society, Dr. Hanno Hahn (1922-1960), and his wife and assistant, Ilse Hahn (1920-1960). Hanno Hahn was an art historian and architectural researcher. One of his accomplishments was the discovery of the law of proportions in early Cistercian architecture. So far the prize has been awarded to Ingo Herklotz, Constance (1990), Arnold Nesselrath, London/Rome (1992), Gerhard Wolf, Rome (1994), Sible L. de Blaauw, Leiden (1996), Dr. Sebastian Schütze, Münster (1998), Dr. Fabrizio Mancinelli, Rome (2000, posthumously), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, Hamburg (2002) and Dr. David Ezra Knipp, Freiburg (2004).

The certificate is designed as a fresco and shows the coat of arms of the roman painter Frederico Zuccari (1540-1609), who was made a prince shortly before his death. He built the Zuccari Palast, which has been the residence of the Bibliotheca Hertziana since 1913.

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