Victor I. Stoichita is Professor of the History of Art at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is the author of Visionary Experience in the Golden Age of Spanish Art (1997), and co-author of Goya: The Last Carnival (1999), both published by Reaktion Books.
Victor I. Stoichita is an art historian with a tremendous range, and has brewed together optics and metaphysics, phantasmagoria and propaganda, Plato and Warhol to conjure meaning out of shadows in his engagingly original study. -- Marina Warner discriminating, inspired interrogation ... dazzling analysis' - Tate Magazine 'Ambitious and a pleasure to read ... a thoroughly worthwhile book. Times Higher Education Supplement The author chronicles the changing connotations that shadow have had in Western history ... He shows how shadows are deftly used, among other purposes, to suggest the ambiguity of the human psyche. -- Lee Adair Lawrence Washington Times