Linda Müller, M.A.


Interessi di ricerca

  • Early modern Italian art and its entanglements with the Spanish Empire and the Atlantic world
  • Visual legal cultures of early modern Italy, the Spanish Empire, and colonial New Spain
  • The role of drawings and paintings within colonial and institutional mediascapes and administration
  • Art history in dialogue with legal history and the history of empires

Progetto di ricerca

Drawn to Law: Legal Drawings in Early Modern Italy in an Age of Empire

Curriculum vitae

Linda is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She specializes in the art, architecture, visual, and material cultures of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world, with a special focus on exchanges between Italy, the Spanish Empire, and the Americas. Her work engages with visual legal cultures; the role of paintings and drawings within colonial and institutional mediascapes; and the visual worlds, material techniques, and visual literacies of notaries and legal practitioners. At the Bibliotheca Hertziana, she is a predoctoral fellow in the Department Weddigen and an incoming participant of the institute’s co-organized 2024 Transregional Academy on Latin American Art at the Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru. A former fellow of the Studienstiftung’s transatlantic ERP Scholarship Program, her doctoral research has previously been supported through fellowships provided by the Newberry Library, Villa I Tatti, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s Institutional Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence – Max Planck Institute. Complementing her academic work, she acquired curatorial training and expertise in material and technical art history by working with distinguished collections of European Renaissance and Baroque art, including positions such as the Slifka Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellowship in the European Paintings Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a B.A. from Tuebingen and M.A.s from Utrecht and Harvard Universities.

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