Lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology
Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities
Susanna Berger specializes in Renaissance and Baroque visual art. She is currently preparing a book manuscript, titled Philosophy and Visual Representation in Early Modern Europe, which focuses on the complex interactions between images and forms of philosophical knowledge between the late 16th and early 18th centuries. She is particularly interested in the crucial interpretive role such images played in relating and challenging ideas of Aristotle and his scholastic commentators. The central thesis of her book is that in the early modern period the production and contemplation of visual art were conceived as essential activities within philosophical thought, and not merely as supplementary aids.
Berger’s articles are published and forthcoming in The Art Bulletin, the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Word & Image, Intellectual History Review, The British Art Journal, and elsewhere. During her doctoral studies she held a Samuel H. Kress Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a Professional-Development Fellowship in Art History from the College Art Association, and a Junior Research Fellowship at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford. She has been awarded a Frances A. Yates fellowship from the Warburg Institute and an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship from the Huntington Library, as well as research grants from the Renaissance Society of America and the Burlington Magazine Foundation. Berger has been invited to deliver lectures at the Warburg Institute; Keio University, Tokyo; All Soul’s College, Oxford; and elsewhere.
At Princeton, she has lectured on Greek, Roman, and medieval art and philosophy for “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages” and has taught a freshman seminar on “Visual Art and the Representation of Knowledge.” In the Department of Art and Archaeology, she offers courses on 16th- and 17th-century visual art. Beginning in fall 2014, Berger will be Mathey College’s faculty member in residence, and she will also teach in the Prison Teaching Initiative in New Jersey.
“The Invention of Wisdom in Jean Chéron’s Illustrated Thesis Print,” Intellectual History Review 24 (May 2014).
“Martin Meurisse’s Garden of Logic,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 76.2 (December 2013).
“Martin Meurisse’s Theater of Natural Philosophy,” Art Bulletin 95.2 (June 2013).
“‘When Sobriety and Taste Were Cast to the Winds’: A Study of George Walter Thornbury’s The Life of J. M. W. Turner, R.A.,” British Art Journal 13.3 (December 2012).
“The Complex Genealogy of Hans Holbein the Younger’s Illustrations of Moriae Encomium,” Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 84 (2009).