Judith Berg Sobre
Professor of Art History
Late Medieval Spanish Painting, American Popular Culture, Jewish Art, Italian and Northern Renaissance Art
Medieval Spain: painting, culture and architecture, Jewish Art and Holocaust studies, Festival studies and popular culture
Judith Berg Sobré is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has been in the department since 1974. Previously, she taught at the University of Oregon (1968-1974). She holds a B.A. from New York University (1962) and Her M.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University.
Her publications include three books, numerous articles, catalogue contributions to exhibitions and various reference works, and papers and presentations.
Most of her early publication dealt with painting in late medieval Spain, including two books Behind the Altar Table, the Development of the Painted Retable in Spain, 1350-1500 (University of Missouri Press, 1989) and Bartolomé de Cárdenas “El Bermejo,” Itinerent Painter in the Crown of Aragon (International Scholars Publications 1996/1997) and an exhibition catalogue for a show she co-curated at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (1996).
Since 2000, she has also been active in popular culture studies, and has published a third book, San Antonio on Parade (Texas A & M University Press, 2003)dealing with 19th century festival studies. She has produced a blog, the result of following the 1494/5 journey of Hieronymus Münzer in Spain to see what survives of what Münzer described (www.Munzerama.blogspot.com). She is currently engaged in translating entries from the Spanish website www.aragonmudejar.com dealing with Aragonese Mudéjar architectural sites, and also in a research project concerning Goya’s image in fiction, film and theater.
Her present emphasis in her courses is in art within its cultural context.
Among the courses she has recently taught at the undergraduate level are the Early Italian Renaissance, Ars Nova in Flanders and northwestern Europe, The Vatican, Jewish and Judaic Art, and the Visual arts of Medieval Spain.
At the graduate level, she has taught graduate Research Methods, Holocaust and Genocide Film, Topics in Medieval Spain, and Seminars on Sacred Spaces and Goya.
She has supervised numerous M.A. theses including topics concerning El Greco’s Greek Orthodox connections, Zurbarán’s images of Saint Francis, the iconography of Saint Quiteria in France, Spain and Portugal, a Catalan Processional Cross, The American-Jewish silversmith Myer Myers, and the Melisande Psalter.
Besides English, Dr. Sobré is fluent in Spanish and Catalan.