Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann

Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann is Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. He received degrees from Yale, the Warburg Institute, and Harvard, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Technical University, Dresden, and the Masaryk University, Brno. The holder of the Palacký medal from the Czech Academy of Sciences, he is a member of the Swedish, Flemish, and Polish Academies of Science, and has been a Fellow of the American Academies in Berlin and Rome, among other honors and Fellowships. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on historiography, geography of art, art and science, Central European art and architecture 1450-1800, and global exchange in art.

Among his books are: Arcimboldo: Visual Jokes, Natural History, and Still-Life PaintingPainterly Enlightenment: The Art of Franz Anton Maulbertsch, 1724-1796The Eloquent Artist: Essays on Art, Art Theory and Architecture, Sixteenth to Nineteenth CenturyToward a Geography of ArtCourt, Cloister, and City: The Art and Culture of Central Europe, 1450-1800The Mastery of Nature: Aspects of Art, Science, and Humanism in the Renaissance; and The School of Prague: Painting at the Court of Rudolf II, which won the Mitchell Prize as the best book of the year in art history.

He is now writing about global exchange in art and world art history.

Participant In:

Aby Warburg: Art, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis: Day 1

Saturday, October 12th
9:00AM - 4:15PM

Past Event

This two-day symposium explores Warburg’s ideas and their adumbrations, e.g., his preoccupations with – and intuitions about – memory, both in relation to different forms of artistic creation and in anticipation of concepts related to neuroplasticity and neuroesthetics; the significance and fluency of the image – its elliptical and metaphoric functions – and of affect… read more »