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Hans Belting, the Role of the Image

Louvre Interviews series

 These films are designed as encounters—with people, ideas, methods. […] They use the means of cinema—its ability to evoke the past, and often even the invisible—to bring the viewer face to face with the art historian. (Michel Laclotte, former Director of the Musée du Louvre.)

Director(s): Yves Breuil

Art historian Hans Belting was born in Audernach (Germany) in 1935. After studying in Mainz, he worked at the Vatican library in Rome. His thesis concerned a fresco from Cimitile, a small town near Vesuvius. He was professor of art history at the University of Munich, professor of art history and media theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, member of the Heidelberg Science Academy, and in 2002–2003 he held the European Chair at the Collège de France in Paris. This filmed portrait, made in 2001, deals with the central issue in Hans Belting's work: the role of the image in human history. The interviews conducted by filmmaker Yves Breuil trace the career that earned him recognition as a major art historian whose books are reference works in his field.






60 minutes


Palette Production ; Musée du Louvre


La Sept/Arte

Non-commercial distribution


Images de la Culture – CNC