Gilad BenDavid

Gilad Ben David 2022

Research Interests

  • Medieval and Early Modern Islamic Art
  • Early Modern Iranian manuscript illumination with a focus on Judeo-Persian manuscripts; Medieval Hebrew book culture; The aesthetics of pleasure and iconography of homoeroticism in Persianate miniature paintings.


  • B.A., double major: Art History and Gender Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • M.A., Art History, The City College of New York

Prior to joining the Graduate Center, Gilad completed his M.A. at the City College of New York, CUNY, where he wrote his thesis Son of Esther, Shah of the Persian Empire: The Judeo-Islamic-Persian Tapestry of Ardashirnamah’s Miniature Paintings, about two illuminated manuscripts of Shahin Shirazi’s biblical epic, the Ardashirnameh, and the historiography of Judeo-Persian art history. Prior to his studies at CCNY, Gilad worked at C1 Gallery (Berlin), where he curated several exhibitions.