Giuseppe de Ribera and the dissimulation of sight
Dr. Itay Sapir was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1973. He holds an MA in History from Tel Aviv University, and, since 2008, a PhD in Art History and Aesthetics from the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA, University of Amsterdam) and the École des hautes Études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Ténèbres sans leçons: the Aesthetics and Epistemology of Roman Tenebrist Painting, 1595-1610"; it will soon be published (in French) by Peter Lang in the "Science, Nature and the Arts" series. Dr. Sapir has published numerous articles on artists such as Caravaggio and Adam Elsheimer.
Sapir was a doctoral fellow at ASCA, where he taught several Art History and Cultural Analysis courses; he later taught courses at the Liberal Studies Program of NYU in France, and at the History and Art History departments of Tel Aviv University. Since 2009, Sapir is a post-doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, working on a research project about the Port Scenes of Claude Lorrain.