David Zagoury, Ph.D.

Main Focus

  • Early Modern Art and Art Theory
  • Theories of the Imagination
  • Moving Images
  • Film Theory

Publications (Selection)

  • "Vasari's Castle in the Air", Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 81, 2018, pp. 249–267.
  • "Minerva in the Forge of Vulcan: Ingegno, Fatica and Imagination in Early Florentine Art Theory", in Image, Imagination and Cognition. Medieval and Early Modern Theory and Practice, ed. Christoph Lüthy, Paul Bakker, Claudia Swan and Claus Zittel, Leiden & Boston: Brill (InterSections vol. 55), 2018, pp. 61–93.
  • "Ut pictura somnium? On a Hieroglyphic Dream by Vasari", in Traum und Inspiration. Transformationen eines Topos in Literatur, Kunst und Musik, ed. Marlen Schneider and Christiane Solte-Gresser, Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2018, pp. 57–74.

Curriculum Vitae

David studied Philosophy, Art History and Law at the Universities of Geneva, Oxford and Cambridge. From 2014 to 2018 he was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge and an Affiliated Scholar in the ERC Project Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science. His doctoral thesis, titled The Autonomous Maker Within: “Fantasia” in Sixteenth-Century Italian Art Theory (1501–1568), explores the conceptions of imagination developed by artists and critics of art in Northern Italy during the Cinquecento. He received his Masters in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford, where he wrote a dissertation on Brion Gysin's Dream Machine and the question of the inner and private work of art. In 2017, he was Visiting Scholar at the Université Catholique de Louvain (ARC Schol'Art Project). He also worked for the Bodmer Library in Geneva and the Musée d'Art du Valais in Sion (Switzerland). Since 2018, he is a Lecturer at the University of Zurich.

Memberships/honorary positions
Visiting Scholar, ARC Schol'Art Project, Université Catholique de Louvain

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