Claudia Brittenham

Claudia Brittenham

Associate Professor of Art History and the College
261 Cochrane-Woods Art Center

Ph.D. Yale University. Art of ancient Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, with a special interest in issues of art and identity, intercultural interaction, the materiality of art, and the politics of style. Current research project examines problems of visibility and the status of images in Mesoamerica. Formerly Assistant Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

Books

  • The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Central Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, forthcoming, 2015.
  • Mary Miller and Claudia Brittenham.  The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.
  • Stephen D. Houston, Claudia Brittenham, Cassandra Mesick, Alexandre Tokovinine, and Christina Warinner.  Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

Selected Articles

  • Claudia Brittenham and Debra Nagao.  “Cacaxtla Figural Ceramics.”  Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, XXXVI, no. 104 (Spring, 2014):55-96.
  • “Los pintores de Cacaxtla.”  In La Pintura Mural Prehispánica en México: Cacaxtla: Tomo II—Estudios, edited by Mária Teresa Uriarte Castañeda and Fernanda Salazar Gil, pp. 267-361.  Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, 2013.
  • Diana Magaloni, Claudia Brittenham, Piero Baglioni, Rodorico Giorgi, and Lorenza Bernini.  “Cacaxtla: La elocuencia de los colores.”  In La Pintura Mural Prehispánica en México: Cacaxtla: Tomo II—Estudios, edited by Mária Teresa Uriarte Castañeda and Fernanda Salazar Gil, pp. 147-187.  Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, 2013.
  • “About Time: Problems of narrative in the Battle Mural at Cacaxtla.”  RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59/60 (2011):74-92.
  • “Imágenes en un paisaje sagrado: huacas de piedra de los Incas.”  In La imagen sagrada y sacralizada: Memoria del XXVIII Coloquio Internacional de Historia del Arte, edited by Peter Krieger, Vol. I, pp. 85-98.  Mexico City: Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2011.
  • “Style and substance, or why the Cacaxtla paintings were buried.”  RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics 55/56 (2009):135-155.

 

Education 

Ph.D. Yale University