Dr. Louis A. Waldman
Art History: Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
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. Areas of particular interest include: patronage in and around the Medici court; vernacular (or "eccentric") painting and sculpture in sixteenth-century Florence; and the theory and practice of disegno.
Recent graduate seminars include "Renaissance Portraits," "Renaissance Art Theory and Criticism," "Art and Politics in Medici Florence," and "Art and Art Theory in Counter-Reformation Italy." Dr. Waldman has won several awards for distinguished teaching, including the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award, the Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and, most recently (in 2005), the Department of Art and Art History Teaching Excellence Award.
Prof. Waldman published his first book, Baccio Bandinelli and Art at the Medici Court in 2004. Some eighty articles and essays have appeared under his name in Art Bulletin, The Burlington Magazine, Gazette des Beaux-Arts, the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes and many others, along with numerous contributions to exhibition catalogues in the field of Italian art.
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.
In 2004 Prof. Waldman's work on the history of art in Renaissance Tuscany was 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.