Raphael Rosenberg

Universität Wien (Austria)

Eye-tracking and art history: discourse analysis and experimental research

2023-2024: Fall and Spring

Raphael Rosenberg is a Professor of Art History at the University of Vienna and director of the Lab for Cognitive Research in Art History (CReA). He was born and grew up in Milan, received an MA degree in Art History at the University of Munich, and a PhD at the University of Basel. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Freiburg, the Collège de France, and a chair for Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Heidelberg. He is a member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the Academia Europaea.

His main research interests include sculpture of the Italian Renaissance, the history of abstraction in art before and around 1900, and the perception of art—from a historical and cognitive perspective. He is currently working on a book on eye movements and art history. It combines the history of text sources that used eye movements to describe artworks from the sixth century on, with a survey of recent eye-tracking experiments, and a discussion of how they advance art historical research.