Daniel Savoy

Daniel Savoy

Assistant Professor

Department : Visual and Performing Arts

Email : daniel.savoy@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7330

Office : HAY 109B


PHD, New York University
MA, Florida State University
BA, Florida State University


Professor Savoy (Ph.D. 2008, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) joined the faculty at Manhattan in 2010, after teaching at Vassar College and The City University of New York, in The Spitzer School of Architecture, City College.  He specializes in early modern Italian architecture and urbanism, and his research interests include:

- Architecture and experience: the somatic experience of built environments; modern and pre-modern psychology of perception; the senses; the perception of architectural temporality; travel and urban scenography

- Digital architectural history: the Venice Canal Project, a web-based platform that will enable researchers to study the urban experience of the canals of Venice through immersive, 360-degree videos and multimedia informational content

- The global Renaissance: the origins of Renaissance globalization; methods and thematic models of inter-cultural research; buildings as nodes of cultural exchange; the state of the field of European Renaissance art and architecture in the context of the global turn

- Methods of architectural analysis and history: the advantages and disadvantages of the canon, the grand narrative, and hierarchies of value; relational approaches to architectural agency, design, ideation, and value; methodological applications of network and systems theory

Publications & Professional Activities


The Embodied Experience of Renaissance Architecture, in progress.

Beyond Byzantium: Venice and the Architecture of World Empire, in progress.

The Globalization of Renaissance Art: A Critical Review, ed. Daniel Savoy (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2017).

Venice from the Water: Architecture and Myth in an Early Modern City (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012); Awarded the 2012 PROSE Award in Art History and Criticism from the Association of American Publishers; Chosen as one of the Ten Best Architecture Books of 2012 by ArchNewsNow

Selected Articles:

"Introduction," "Conclusion," in The Globalization of Renaissance Art: A Critical Review, ed. Daniel Savoy (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2017).

"Keeping the Myth Alive: Andrea Dandolo and the Preservation of Justice at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice," Artibus et Historiae, no. 71 (2015), 9-29.

“Palladio and the Water-oriented Scenography of Venice,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 71, no. 2 (June, 2012), 204-25.

“Le iscrizioni sulla facciata di San Michele in Isola,” Arte Veneta 65 (2008), 132-37.


Review of Lillian Ray Martin, “The Art and Archaeology of Venetian Ships and Boats,” Comitatus 33 (2002), 213-15.

Conferences, Symposia, and Invited Lectures:

"'The impossible in the impossible': Architecture and Myth on the Canals of Venice," invited lecture, Save Venice, New York Chapter Lecture Series, TBD

"Networking Italian Renaissance Architecture," invited lecture, The Society of Architectural Historians, New York Chapter Lecture Series, Spring 2015, TBD

"Keeping the Myth Alive: The Palazzo Ducale in Venice and Andrea Dandolo's Preservation of Venetian Justice," invited lecture, The School of Architecture, University of Virginia, February 3, 2014

Invited Participant, Conference on the Venice Gateway, Princeton University, November 1-3, 2013

“Temporalities of Myth in Early Modern Venetian Architecture,” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 23, 2012

“The Floating Palaces of Early Modern Venice,” A Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Architecture in Honor of Marvin Trachtenberg, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, November 6, 2010

“Water, Architecture, and Myth in Early Modern Venice,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, Fenruary 21, 2008

“Palladio and the Bay of San Marco,” invited lecture, delivered on a chartered boat in the Bay of San Marco, Venice, Italy, for Venetian Heritage, June 18, 2007

“The Porta Maggiore in Rome: Architectural Propaganda in the Early Empire,” Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 2, 2004

“A Ladder of Camaldolite Salvation: The Façade of San Michele in Isola in Venice,” Graduate Student Art History Symposium, Florida State University, October 18, 2001

“The Old Testament Narratives on the Palazzo Ducale in Venice,” invited lecture, Department of Art and Art History, Jacksonville University, March 6, 2000


Courses Taught/Teaching

ART 150: Roots of the Modern World: Art

ART 150: First-Year Seminar: Roots of the Modern World: Art

ART 321: Medieval Art and Architecture

ART 322: Renaissance Art and Architecture

ART 326: Baroque Art and Architecture

ART 402; URBN 301: Venice: The Architecture of a Floating City

ART 412: Senior Seminar: Theory and Methods of Art History

ART 090: Manhattan College Study Abroad, Florence, Italy: The Role of Geography in Early Modern Italian Urbanism