Prof. Dr. David Ganz
Chair of Medieval Art History
Institute of Art History
University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 73
CH- 8006 Zurich

RAK 308

David Ganz

David Ganz has been Professor of Medieval Art at the University of Zürich since 2013. After his studies in Art History, Philosophy and Archeology in Heidelberg, Marburg and Bologna, he was a Doctoral Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome from 1998 to 2000. He earned his PhD from the University of Hamburg in 2000, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Young Researcher Group “Cultural history and theology of the Image in Christianity” at the University of Muenster between 2000 and 2005. In his habilitation thesis (University of Konstanz, 2006), he examined different models for the representation of visions in the European Middle Ages from a media-theoretical perspective. In 2007 he was awarded a Heisenberg Fellowship by the German Research Foundation and began work on a larger project on the mediality of medieval treasure bindings. Since then, aesthetic and material aspects of medieval Christian book religion have been a continuous focus of his research.

Selected Publications

  • Der Bamberger Psalter. Msc.Bibl.48 der Staatsbibliothek Bamberg. Kommentarband zum Faksimile (with contributions by Karin Eckhart, Sibylle Russ and Bettina Wagner) (Luzern: Quaternio, 2019).
  • Ornatus lapidum. Steine auf mittelalterlichen Büchern, in: Isabelle Augart, Maurice Sass, Iris Wenderholm (eds.), Steinformen. Materialität, Qualität, Imitation (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019), pp. 3-24.
  • Clothing Sacred Scripture. Materiality and Aesthetics in Medieval Book Religions: in: David Ganz/Barbara Schellewald (eds.), Clothing Sacred Scriptures, Book Arts and Book Religion in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Cultures (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019), pp. 1-46.
  • Exzess der Materialität. Prachteinbände im Mittelalter, in: Patrizia Carmassi/Gia Toussaint (eds.), Codex und Material (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2018), pp. 179-214.
  • The Cross on the Book. Diagram, Ornament, Materiality, in: Michelle P. Brown/Ildar Garipzanov/Benjamin Tilghman (eds.), Graphic Devices and the Early Decorated Book (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2017), pp. 243-264.
  • An Artist-Monk in Pieces. Towards an Archeology of Tuotilo, in: David Ganz/Cornel Dora (eds.), Tuotilo. Archäologie eines frühmittelalterlichen Künstlers (Basel: Schwabe, 2017), pp. 21-51.
  • Touching Books, Touching Art. Tactile Dimensions of Sacred Books in the Medieval West, in: Postscripts 8.1–2 (2012) (publication year 2017), pp. 81–113
  • Am Gelenk von Bild und Schrift. Diptychen, Doppelseiten und Prachteinbände, in: David Ganz, Marius Rimmele (eds.), Faltbilder. Medienspezifika klappbarer Bildträger (Berlin: Reimer, 2016), pp. 55-108.
  • Buch-Gewänder. Prachteinbände im Mittelalter (Berlin: Reimer, 2015).

Research Topics

  • Media history of premodern artworks, especially in religious contexts
  • Ornamentality of art, art as ornament
  • Books as bodies and spaces, books as symbols in book religions and beyond
  • Clothing and textiles, and their metaphorical qualities
  • Temporal and multisensory aspects in the perception of artworks
  • Visions and visuality in premodern art

Research Project

Golden Books