Louise Martinez specializes in the art of northern Europe in the late-medieval and Renaissance periods. Her undergraduate course offerings include a survey of the fifteenth century, a survey of the sixteenth century, and an ongoing colloquium that covers Renaissance portraiture. In teaching she emphasizes the functions and patronage of works of art, especially the ways in which donors and sitters use art to negotiate social hierarchy, earthly memory, and spiritual salvation. Her current research interest centers on late-medieval English cult crucifixes whose origin and miracle stories derived from those of legendary prototypes.
She received BA, MA and Ph. D. degrees from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in 1987, 1989, and 1997 respectively.
From 1974-1986 she worked in professional theater in New York after completing Brooklyn College’s Pilot Program to Train Theatre Artisans and Technicians in 1973. She worked in the costume shops of the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, designed off-Broadway, college, and independent film productions, and was a staff designer and intern instructor for the Costume Collection of the Theater Development Fund in New York.