Linda K. Williams

Professor of Art History

Professor Linda Williams specializes in art of colonial Mexico and Italian art of the renaissance period.  She teaches the history of art of Europe and the Americas from the fourteenth century to the present, including the survey of western art, art of Mexico, Italian art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, nineteenth and twentieth-century art and architecture, methodologies of art history, and co-teaches Art and Revolution in Latin America.  She also teaches in the Latin American Studies program.

Professor Williams’ scholarship focuses on the production and reception of art on both sides of the Atlantic in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  She earned her doctorate in Italian Renaissance art, studying murals and objects associated with marriage in sixteenth-century Rome.  Her interest in the art of Viceregal New Spain, sparked at the University of Texas in the early 1990s, has resulted in research and publications that engage questions of artistic confluence in colonial Mexico.  She is particularly interested in the ways that art communicated with Maya and European audiences in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Yucatan; her current research focuses on the creation and reception of devotional works and religious murals painted by Maya artists in this region.  Professor Williams regularly participates in conferences of the Renaissance Society of America, College Art Association, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, and International Congress of Americanists.


Book review, Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth-Century Spain by Nancy E. van Deusen (Duke University Press, 2015).  The Sixteenth Century Journal: Journal of Early Modern Studies  XLVII/4 (2016): 1058-1059.

“The Birth of the Virgin with Saint Michael Mural at Tabi: The Inmaculada, Eschatology, and Christian Orthodoxy in Seventeenth-Century Yucatán.” Ethnohistory 61:4 (2014): 715-738.

Book Review, Maya Ideologies of the Sacred: the Transfiguration of Space in Colonial Yucatan by Amara Solari.  Colonial Latin American Review 23:2 (2014): 285-286.

“Modalities of Representation: Symbol and Contemporary Narrative in Sixteenth- Century Murals at the Convent of Izamal, Yucatán.” Colonial Latin American Review v. 22:1 (2013): 98-125. 

“Dual Messages of Power on the Façade of Casa Montejo, Mérida, Yucatán.”  Studies in Iconography v. 31 (2010): 157-210. 

“Local and Global: Expanding Vision in the Study of Sixteenth-Century Latin American Arts.”  The Sixteenth Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies v. XL, no. 1 (2009): 228-230. 


College Art Association
Renaissance Society of America
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
Association for Latin American Art
Latin American Studies Association

Educational Background

B.A. History, UC Davis, 1984
M.A. Art History, UT Austin, 1992
Ph.D. Art History, University of Washington, 2004