Art History

Luca Frepoli


Dissertation: In Reverse. The Technical, Aesthetic and Economic Dimension of Counterproofs in Intaglio Printmaking Techniques

As laterally inverted variants of printed images that tend to lack contrast, counterproofs have long been neglected by art historical research. Yet an investigation of the counterproof process promises new insights into various problems in the studies of prints and printmaking. Using selected groups of works from the 16th to the 18th century, the project examines the role of these artifacts in the (cooperative) printmaking process, their implications for aesthetic questions concerning the reversal of compositions and the imitation of drawings in prints, as well as their reception as variations of multipliable works. Through the examination of early modern printmaking manuals in combination with practical reconstructions, the project also aims at an understanding of how counterproofs were made and how this accounts for differences in quality.

Zur Person

Research interests

  • Drawing and Printmaking in Early Modern Europe

  • Materiality and Facture of Prints

  • Political Dimension of the Displacement of Cultural Assets


Since 2022
PhD student in the DFG project In Reverse. The Technical, Aesthetic and Economic Dimension of Counterproofs in Intaglio Printmaking Techniques, at the same time associated researcher in the DFG research group Dimensions of techne in the Fine Arts – Manifestations / Systems / Narratives

Master‘s degree in Art History at the Technische Universität Berlin, thesis Zeichnen auf Drucken. Entstehung und Funktion der Berliner Zeichnungen aus Étienne Dupéracs Vestigi dell'antichità di Roma (1575).

student assistant at the Institute of Art History and Metropolitan Studies: in the DFG project Johann David Passavant in Paris und Rom. Eine Briefedition (2017), in the TOPOI-funded research project Nationales Kulturgut Transnational. Gesetzliche Regelungen zum Kulturgüterschutz in historischer Perspektive (2018), in the research group Translocations. Historical Enquiries into the Displacement of Cultural Assets (until 2020)

Bachelor‘s degree in Philosophy and Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Università di Torino



An assemblage of techniques and motifs? Drawings of modern Rome on the back of Étienne Dupérac’s Vestigi dell’antichità di Roma, in: Filippo Fanciotti (ed.), Promenades dans Rome. Assembly practices between visions, ruins, and reconstructions, Cinisello Balsamo : Silvana Editoriale

Platemarks and Papermarks. Inquiring the Counterproof's (Absent) Matrix, in: Spotlight, ed. by Dimensionen der techne in den Künsten,

Eight contributions in Dolezalek/Savoy/Skwirblies (eds.), Beute. Eine Anthologie zu Kunstraub und Kulturerbe, Berlin : Matthes & Seitz and Lagatz/Savoy/Sissis (eds.), Beute. Ein Bildatlas zu Kunstraub und Kulturerbe Berlin : Matthes & Seitz 

Online source collection on art law ​​​​​​​


2023: Oxford Berlin Early Career Mobility, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (August, Short-Term Visiting Researcher)