I am currently working on a monograph provisionally titled 'Gombrich amongst the Anglophones', which is intended to set his work in its Viennese context. I am particularly interested in the development of sematology, first proposed by Heinrich Gomperz and then developed into a robust form of semiotics by Karl Bühler. In relation to that I am preoccupied with the work of the Vienna School of Art History, particularly with a series of problems formulated by Julius von Schlosser.
I have had a long-standing interest in eighteenth century English aesthetics and art theory and my most recent publication in that area was on the first English translation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Trattato della Pittura. My current interest focuses on the decline of magic and demonolatry (as discussed in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan) and connects to my interest in Gomperz and in Gombrich’s work with Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz on Legend, Myth and Magic in the Image of the Artist.