B.A., Brown University, 1963
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Art Theory and Italian Renaissance Art
David Summers taught at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pittsburgh before accepting an appointment to the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia in 1981. In 1984 he was appointed William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Art. He is the author of Michelangelo and the Language of Art (1981), The Judgment of Sense: Renaissance Naturalism and the Rise of Aesthetics (1987); Real Spaces. World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism (2003); and Vision, Reflection and Imagination in Western Painting (forthcoming). He is also completing a manuscript on the High Renaissance program of the Sistine Chapel, with a manuscript on empathy on a back burner. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, and paints whenever he can.
McIntire Department of Art