Associate Professor, Art and Architecture of Spain and Latin America in the 16th and 17th centuries; Interim Chair (spring 2019)
Notre Dame, IN 46556
PhD, University of Chicago, Art History, 2000. Dissertation: “Art and Allegiance in Baroque New
MA, Arizona State University, Art History, 1994.
BA, University of Virginia, Art History, 1989.
Michael Schreffler’s research centers on the art and architecture of the transatlantic Spanish world in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is the author of The Art of Allegiance: Visual Culture and Imperial Power in Baroque New Spain (Penn State Press, 2007), a study of the ways in which paintings and architecture were involved in the Spanish Crown’s governance of the viceroyalty of New Spain from its capital, Mexico City. He has published a number of articles in scholarly journals examining the ways in which representation--in the form of visual images, architectural ornament, and descriptive texts--facilitated change in the early modern Spanish world. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association; an NEH Long-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library; an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; a postdoctoral fellowship from the Getty Foundation; and a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain. He is currently completing a book on the transformation of Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire in the Andes of Peru, into a Spanish colonial town in the early-sixteenth century.