David Young Kim

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Assistant Professor
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David Young Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art at Penn.  He teaches Southern Renaissance art, with focus on the issues of cross-cultural exchange, geography, art literature, and material culture. He received his B.A. from Amherst College (1999) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (2009), in addition to attending the Humboldt University in Berlin and the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7. Before joining the Penn faculty in 2013, he was a postdoctoral faculty fellow (wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the University of Zurich in Switzerland (2009-2013) and a visiting faculty member at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (2011-2013).

His book The Traveling Artist in the Italian Renaissance will be published by Yale University Press in 2014. It explores the relationship between the mobility of artists and stylistic change. Through close readings of significant figures in art literature and the works they describe (Vasari, Dolce, Armenini, Zuccaro), the book demonstrates how mobility provoked commentary, censure, praise, reflection and ultimately debate by sixteenth-century writers on art and by artists themselves. He has also published essays on topics such as cartographic images of the New World, the horror of realistic images, cross-cultural exchange in the Mediterranean, and architectural representation.  He has recently edited a forthcoming volume of essays entitled Matters of Weight: Force, Gravity, and Aesthetics in the Early Modern Era (Berlin: Edition Imorde) which examines the theory and exploitation of weight as an aesthetic category in works of art, 1350-1700.

His next book project, provisionally entitled The Texture of Painting, investigates the connections between material surface, craft, and the decorative arts in the works of Northern Italian artists.  Other research projects include an edited translation of Cristoforo Sorte’s Osservazione nella pittura from the perspective of environmental criticism and an essay on the use of masks in Mannerist painting.  He is developing a secondary teaching and research field in the global art of the Lusophone world, with emphasis upon the Brazilian Baroque. 




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