Lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology
Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities
Susanna Berger specializes in the interrelations between visual art and intellectual history in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. She is preparing a book manuscript, titled Philosophy and Visual Representation in Early Modern Europe, that examines the central roles of visual art in the early stages of the scientific revolution. The book considers sixteenth- to eighteenth-century prints and drawings that offered visual commentaries promoting the theories of Aristotle and his scholastic interpreters, as well as the ideas of thinkers who disputed the ancient philosopher’s authority in the context of writings by art theorists and philosophers on cognition.
Berger’s articles are published and forthcoming in The Art Bulletin, 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.
“Martin Meurisse’s Theater of Natural Philosophy.” The Art Bulletin XCV.2 (June 2013): 269-93. :
“‘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 XIII.3 (December 2012): 81-88. :