Julia Voss

Julia Voss ( born 1974 in Frankfurt ) is a German art critic and historian of science.

Life and work

Voss studied modern German literature, art history and philosophy at the Albert -Ludwigs- University in Freiburg, the Humboldt University in Berlin and at Goldsmiths College in London. In 2000 she received her Master's degree on Literary forms of Darwinism debate. From 2001 to 2004 she pursued her art historical dissertation project One long argument. The Darwinism debate in the picture in the frame of a research project at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She examined is the role of illustrations of Charles Darwin for the emergence of the theory of evolution. End of 2005, Voss received his doctorate at the Humboldt University.

For her PhD in 2005 she was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. 2008 Voss saw Jemmy Button, a real character from Charles Darwin travel story "The Voyage of the Beagle " - not only because of the name similarity - the model for Michael Ende's children's book character Jim Knopf. In 2009 she received the Sigmund Freud Prize for scientific prose of the German Academy for Language and Poetry for her study of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. She was member of the jury of the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009.2013, she received the Luise Büchner Prize for Journalism. After an internship directs Julia Voss ( jvo ) - Niklas Maak next - since 2007, the art department of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It is thematically concerned in the Gazette among other things, the issue of looted art.


  • Darwin's images. Views of the theory of evolution from 1837 to 1874. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 2007. ISBN 3-596-17627-1.
  • Charles Darwin for the introduction. Junius Verlag, Hamburg, 2008. ISBN 978-3-88506-654-5.
  • Darwin's Jim Knopf. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 2009. ISBN 978-3-10-095805-1.
  • As co-editor with Eva Atlan and Raphael Gross: 1938 art, artist, policy Wallenstein Verlag, Göttingen 2013..