Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Cody Barteet

Ph.D., Department of Art History, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2007
M.A., Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2000
B.A., Department of Art History, College of Charleston, SC, 1996


My research focuses on Early Modern Art and Architecture in Latin America and Europe, with emphases on the relationships between the architecture and the urban form, maps and urban environments, and heraldic imagery and legislative materials. I am particularly interested in how these various interrelationships relate to the formation of identities, whether state, individual, gendered, or indigenous. I consider these formations by analyzing the artistic negotiations that occurred in response to the foreign colonial encounters and domestic uncertainties that coincided with the rise of the Spanish imperial state during which times Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture continuously evolved. My teaching reflects my research interest as my courses analyze the visual cultures of pre-Columbian Americas and Viceregal Hispanic America along side those Early Modern Europe.

Current Projects

Currently I have several projects in progress including an examination of the engagement between Indigenous and Spanish cultures. Among them is my book project that examines the imagery of the Casa de Montejo (Mérida, Yucatán) and its reception in colonial Yucatán. My next book project, explores the formation of the urban spaces of colonial Mérida as it evolved from the abandoned Maya ceremonial center of Tihó. Specifically, I am concerned with developing an appreciation of the sixteenth-century spaces of Mérida-Tihó and how individuals (whether Spanish, Maya or African) operated within the city’s hybrid form.

Additionally, I have several articles under review that explore the significance of artistic works produced by the colonial Maya. Through textual and visual analyses of the artworks, drawings, maps, and other artistic objects in relationship to the various books of the chilam balam and other colonial Maya and Spanish Yucatecan texts, I consider how the Maya appropriated Hispanic art forms to complement existing Maya artistic traditions.

Grants and Awards

Faculty Research Develop Fund Research Grant (2016), “Maya Nobility and Hispanic Urbanism in Sixteenth-Century Yucatán.” Faculty of Arts and Humanities Deans’ Travel-Research Fund, UWO (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Deans’ Travel-Research Fund, UWO (2013, 2012, 2011)

Academic Development Fund New Research and Scholarly Initiatives Award, UWO (2009-10), Project: “Exploration in Hispanic and Italian Urbanism and Architecture in the Patronage of Leone Leoni.”

International Curriculum Fund, UWO (2009-10), Project: “Power of Place in the Built Environment of Viceregal Mexico.”

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Internal Research Grant UWO (2009-10), Project: “Investigation into the Origins of 16th-Century Hispanic American Urbanism.”

SSHRC, Internal Travel Grant, UWO (2009).

Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Junior Fellowship, The Society of Architectural Historians (2004), Project: “Colonial Contradictions in the Casa de Montejo and Mérida.”

Articles and Chapters in Books

“Representing Tihó-Mérida in Colonial Yucatán: Maya and Spanish Considerations of a Colonial Capital.” South Central Review 32, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 21-47

“The Títulos de Ebtún, Yucatan, Mexico: Mapping Maya Communal Identity in a Colonial Spanish Notarial Context.” Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography 67, no. 2 (2015): 179-199

“Contested Ideologies of Space in Hispanic American Cartographic Practices: From the Abstract to the Real in Spanish and Indigenous Maps of Yucatán.” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, Special Issue, Latin American Visual Culture, guest editors, Luis de Moura Sobral and Alena Robin, 38, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 22-39

“The Rhetoric of Authority: The Casa de Montejo in Mérida, Yucatán.” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review 35, no. 2 (2010): 5-20

“Contested Ideologies of Space in Hispanic American Cartographic Practices: From the Abstract to the Real in Spanish and Indigenous Maps of Yucatán.” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, Special Issue, Latin American Visual Culture, guest editors, Luis de Moura Sobral and Alena Robin, 38, no. 2 (Fall 2013), 22-39

“The Palace Façade and the Urban Form in the Documenting of Hispanic America.”  Terrae Incognitae The Journal for the History of Discoveries 43, no. 1 (2011), 5-25

“The Rhetoric of Authority: The Casa de Montejo in Mérida, Yucatán.” RACAR: Revue d’art canadienne/Canadian Art Review 35, no. 2 (2010): 5-20

“Exploring a Female Legacy: Beatriz Álvarez de Herrera and the Casa de Montejo Façade.”  In Woman and Art in Early Modern Latin America, eds. Richard Phillips and Kellen Kee McIntyre, 369-395. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Press, 2006


“Quinlan-McGrath, Mary. Influences. Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. Pp. xi, 284 + 26 ill. ISBN 978-0-226-92284-3 (hardcover) $35.” Renaissance and Reformation, 36, no. 3 (Summer 2013), 205-207

“Farbaky, Péter & Louis A. Waldman. Italy & Hungary. Humanism and Art in the Early Renaissance. Florence: Villa I Tatti, 2011. Pp. 728 + 152 colour ill., 107 b/w ill., 2 maps. ISBN 978-0-674-06346-4 $85.” Renaissance and Reformation 35, no. 3 (Summer 2012), 132-134

Abstracts and Catalogue Entries

Abstract, “The Otzmal Coat of Arms and the Lack of a Maya Apocalyptic Tale.” In 2012 ASE Conference Program: “Apocalypse Now”: December 2012, 125.

Abstract, “Politics of Marriage in the Casa de Montejo Façade.”  In CAA Abstracts 2005, 62.  New York: College Art Association, 2005

Catalogue Entry, “John McCracken.” In Chromaform: Color in Sculpture, ed. Francis Colpitt, 30-31. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998

Books in Progress

“The Casa de Montejo: Deciphering and Its Meaning and Influence in Colonial Yucatán.” 

“Mérida as Tihó: Colonial Understandings of the Spanish Viceregal Capital.”

PhD Supervision


Mohammed Jamil Afana, PhD Thesis in progress, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, in progress. Co-Supervision with Assoc. Professor Alena Robin, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Aarnoud Rommens, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, UWO. PhD Thesis: “Constellations of Contestation: Avant-Garde Regimes of Visibility/Legibility North and South.” Co-supervision with Assoc. Professor Allan Pero, Department of English, UWO (TBC-defended Aug. 2012)

Thesis Examiner

Helen Parkinson, PhD Thesis: “Lofty Prospects: English Landscape in the Seventeenth Century.” In progress

Andres Villar, PhD Thesis: “On the Cusp: Latin American Visual Arts in the 1920s.” Jul. 2011

Masters Supervision

Major Research Project (MRP) Supervisor

Quintin Teszeri, MRP: “An Object that Rewards a Considered Touch.” Jul. 2015 

Brad Morosan, MRP: “The Best Defense is a Good Offense: A Brief Look at Defensive Architecture.”  Jul. 2015 

Natalie Romano, MRP: “The Art of Accessibility and Forming Consciousness: Suzanne Lacy, WochenKlausur, and Mammalian Diving Reflex.” Dec. 2014 

Thesis Chair

Mattehw Purvis, MA Thesis: “Abstraction and Libidinal Nationalism in the Works of John Boyle and Diana Thorneycroft.” Jun. 2015 

Simon Bentley, MA Thesis: “Dance of Dance: The Work of Jack Chambers and Antonio López García.” Dec. 2011

Geddesa Mahabir, MA Thesis: “The Construction of the Late-Renaissance Individual.” Aug. 2011

Rosanna Mortillaro, MA Thesis: “Built Form and Meaning in the Sixteenth Century: Pope Sixtus V and The Lateran Palace.” Aug. 2010

Second Reader

Cierra Webster, MA Thesis: “Qeer(ing) Politics and Practices: Contemporary Art in Homonationalists Times.” Aug. 2013

Melissa Ruhloff, MA Thesis: “Re-Inventing the Group of Seven: Appropriation and Criticality in Contemporary Canadian Art.” Oct. 2012

Jordana Franklin, MA Thesis: “The Personal is Presentable: Transgressing the Public-Private Divide through the Art of Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin.” Aug. 2012

Claire Feagan, MA Thesis: “Surrealist Castle Culture: Gothic Traces in Surrealist Aesthetics.” Aug. 2010

Julia Cyr, MA Thesis: “Visions of Power: The Art Patronage of Duke Cosimo I de’Medici in Sixteenth-Century Florence.” Apr. 2010

Danielle Manning, MA Thesis: “Naturalism Re-visioned: The Role of Mirrors and Reflection in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings.” Jun. 2009


Stephanie Wittich, MA Thesis; “Reminiscences: The Medievalism of Wassily Kandinksy.” Aug. 2013

Stephanie Klaric, MA Thesis: “Narrative Brought to Life: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Jun. 2012

Emma Arenson, MA Thesis: “The Fragmentation as Representation of Disability in Monuments.” Sep. 2011

Lea Bucknell, MFA Thesis: “Folly Buildings: Adhocism and the White Cube.” Aug. 2011

Erin Rothstein, MA Thesis: “Pablo Picasso and Primitivism: An Exploration of ‘Non-Western’ and Medieval Influences in Les Demoiselle d’Avignon.” Aug. 2010

Maria Szabo, MA Thesis: “Kaleidoscope Vision: Modern Perspectives in the Work of Pegi Nicol MacLeod.”  Aug. 2008

University Examiner

Jimena Zambrano, Department of Modern Languages, MA Thesis: “Acercamiento interartístico a la pintura de género de Murillo y el pícaro literario del Siglo de Oro. Personajes que reflejan una realidad social.” Aug. 2012

G. Jane Morgan, Faculty of Theology, Huron University College & UWO, MA Thesis: “Karl Barth, Hope, and the Healing of Time.” Jan. 2012

Recent Courses

(on sabbatical)

VAH 1041A: Art, Visual Culture, and Power
VAH 9551G/9651G: The Monument in Early Modern and Modern Art

VAH 2262F: Baroque Art History

VAH 1040: A History of Art and Visual Culture
VAH 2266F: Pre-Contact American Art & Architecture
VAH 3388G Histories of Architecture & Urbanism

Winter 2012
VAH 2258E: Italian Renaissance Art History
VAH 9551G/9651G: Graduate Seminar: Visualizing Race and Class in the New World

VAH 1040: A History of Art and Visual Culture
VAH 2262F: Baroque Art History
VAH 3391G: The Visual Arts in the U.S. to 1900
VAH 9551G/9656G: Graduate Seminar: The Monument in the Pre-Modern World

Winter 2010
VAH 2256E: Northern Renaissance Art History
VAH 3391G: Women of Renaissance and Baroque Art

VAH 2558E: Italian Renaissance Art History
VAH 4456F: The Visual Arts in Sixteenth-Century Mexico: The Spanish and Aztec Encounter
VAH 9556G/9656G: The Palace in Latin America