Marie Hartmann (°1991) is a postgraduate student in Art History at the Free University Berlin and currently interning at Illuminare. She has completed two Bachelor’s degrees with distinction, the first one from Potsdam University in Cultural Studies and Anglistics (2010–2013), the second from the Free University in Art History and Media and Communication Studies (2013–2016). Furthermore, she has also studied at the Université Paris-Sorbonne IV (2015–2016) and at present she holds a scholarship from the Deutschlandstipendium.
Since August 2016 she has also been a student employee at the Dahlem Humanities Center, a research institute which aims to provide an interdisciplinary research forum for the humanities at the Free University Berlin. Her further work experiences include internships at the Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin, the Goethe Institut in Toronto and the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris.
Marie specializes in fourteenth to sixteenth-century illuminated manuscripts, especially books of hours. She has conducted research on various late medieval manuscripts, including the Visconti Hours, the Hours of Etienne Chevalier, the Très Riches Heures of the Jean de Berry and Ms 301 of the Museum Mayer van den Bergh. Currently, she is researching the purpose of profane symbols of power in the context of the religious texts and functions of these manuscripts. This involves exploring how they construct, on the one hand, devotional and ritual spaces, while closely intertwining them with personal references to socio-political and economic status on the other.