Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. Louis A. Waldman

Associate Professor

Art History: Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art


Louis Waldman

Dr. Louis A. Waldman, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is a specialist in the painting and sculpture of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Tuscany. He has a B.A. in Art History from Hunter College, an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and an M.A. and Ph.D in Renaissance Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Professor Waldman has won several teaching awards, including the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award, the Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the Department of Art and Art History Teaching Excellence Award, the Texas Blazers Faculty Excellence Award, and the Services for Students with Disabilities Appreciation Award. Recent graduate seminars include “Renaissance Portraits,” “Renaissance Art Theory and Criticism,” and “Art and Politics in Medici Florence.”

Professor Waldman is director of the Museum Studies program at UT, which includes the Graduate Portfolio in Museum Studies and the Undergraduate Museum Studies Guild (which he founded in 2013).

Professor Waldman’s book Baccio Bandinelli and Art at the Medici Court was published in 2004. He is editor or co-editor of numerous books, including Italy and Hungary: Humanism and Art in the Early Renaissance (2011, with Péter Farbaky); Colors Between Two Worlds: The Florentine Codex of Bernardino de Sahagún (2011, with Gerhard Wolf and Joseph Connors); The Anglo-Florentine Renaissance: Art for the Early Tudors (2012, with Cinzia Maria Sicca); Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, 2 vols. (2013, with Machtelt Israëls); Bernard Berenson: Origins and Legacy (2014, with Joseph Connors). His articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, The Burlington Magazine, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes and many other periodicals.

He has held research fellowships from the Kress Foundation (including a two-year fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz), the Fulbright Foundation, and in 2005-06 at the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti. From 2007 to 2010 he was Assistant Director for Programs at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Professor Waldman's work on the history of art in Renaissance Tuscany has been recognized by his election as an Accademico d’Onore of the Florentine Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, a learned society founded by Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1563.