Daniel Savoy

Department Chairperson

Associate Professor, Art History and Digital Media Art

Professor Savoy joined the faculty at Manhattan College in 2010, after teaching briefly at Vassar College.  He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, most recently from The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., where he was the 2018 Holly Fellow.  His teaching and research focus on early modern Italian architecture and urbanism, with emphases on: 

- Architecture and Experience: the ecological interplay between buildings, bodies, and nature; the phenomenology of perception; the perception of architectural temporality; travel and urban scenography

- Digital Architectural History: Virtual Venice, an art history and cultural preservation project that enables users to study the urban history of Venice through immersive, VR/360 videos and multimedia informational content 

- The State of Art and Architectural History: the advantages and disadvantages of the canon, the grand narrative, and hierarchies of value; the global turn; relational approaches to form, agency, reception, temporality, and space; methodological applications of network and systems theory


Ph.D. 2008, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Courses Taught

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: Architecture of a Floating City

ART 402-01; URBN 301: Virtual Venice

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

ART 090: Study Abroad, Venice, Italy: Venice and the Other

ART 090: Study Abroad, Venice, Italy: Preserving Venice 

ART 090: Study Abroad, Florence, Italy: The Geography of Urbanism in Early Modern Italy

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Embodied Buildings: Architecture, Somaesthetics, and Belief in Early Modern Italy, in progress.

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

    Venice from the Water: Architecture and Myth in an Early Modern City (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012); Winner of 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

    Articles and Book Chapters:

    "Toward an Inclusive Art History," World Art 10, 2 (forthcoming 2020). 

    "Introduction," "Epilogue," in The Globalization of Renaissance Art: A Critical Review, ed. Daniel Savoy (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017), 1-14, 314, 334-35.

    "Keeping the Myth Alive: Andrea Dandolo and the Preservation of Justice at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice," Artibus et Historiae 71 (2015), 9-29.

    “Palladio and the Water-oriented Scenography of Venice,” The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 71, 2 (June, 2012), 204-25.

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

    "A Ladder of Camaldolite Salvation: The Facade of San Michele in Isola," Athanor XX (2002), 33-41.


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