Uta Lohmann is a scholar of Jewish Studies and German literature. She devoted much of her scholarly efforts to the study of the Berlin and Breslau Haskalah with a special focus on the history of Jewish education, reform politics and Jewish-Christian exchange. In 2012 she completed her PhD on the biography of the Jewish enlightener David Friedländer (1750–1834). She is currently a research associate at the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg, working on a research project on the maskil Joel Bril Löwe (1762–1802) in Breslau.
Research project at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center
„Moses Samuel Lowes künstlerisches Werk im Kontext der Berliner (jüdischen) Aufklärung“
The Jewish artist Moses Samuel Lowe (also Löwe, Johann Michael Siegfried Lowe or Loewe) was born in Königsberg in Prussia, where he died in 1756. At the age of 14 he came to Berlin, where he studied at the Academy of Arts and later spent most of his life. But his paths also took him to Dresden, St. Petersburg, Breslau, Stettin, Venice, and Vienna. The research project is intended to bring the work of Lowe to academic attention. The focus will be on Lowe's work as a Jewish artist in Berlin. The project will explore Lowe's position both within the Haskalah and the circles of Berlin Enlightenment. In doing so, his work is to be placed in the context of contemporary theories of art and education (Bildung). In addition, I intend to begin compiling a work inventory of M. S. Lowe's extensive artistic oeuvre.