B.A., Brown University, 1963
Ph.D., Yale University, 1969
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Art Theory and Italian Renaissance Art.
Member of the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
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),
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.
David Summers was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, and paints whenever he can.
Publications in "Wolkenkuckucksheim – Cloud-Cuckoo-Land – Vozdushnyi zamok":