David Cambronero Sánchez

Born and raised in Costa Rica, David Cambronero Sánchez studies late-medieval/Early Modern Iberian and Colonial Latin American material - across religious, ethnic and cultural lines - with a particular interest in microarchitecture, performativity, and object-viewer relations. His research engages cross-cultural and -confessional issues; intermediality; circum-atlantic and intra-continental circulations; and colonization, syncretism, and empire building. Committed to decolonization of understandings and histories, David is interested in exploring Colonial Latin America’s agency and relations with the wider globe as well as the ways in which the region impacted the world beyond exclusively as a source of raw material and forced labor. 

Before coming to Yale, David received his MA in History of Art (Distinction) from the Courtauld Institute of Art. His MA dissertation explored Enrique de Arfe’s Cordoban Custodia (c. 1518) within the larger orchestrated experience of Corpus Christi and interrogated the rhetoric(s) that microarchitecture constructed with space, scale, performance, and viewer. During his time at the Courtauld, he received the Juan Facundo Riaño medal from the Spanish Embassy in London and the research group ARTES for his work on the interaction between light, medieval Islamic politics, and architecture at the Great Mosque of Córdoba. Prior to the Courtauld, he attended Grinnell College, where he received his B.A in Computer Science and in Art History. Most recently, he worked as a Software engineer and hopes to explore further the intersection between Computer Science and Art History.