In memoriam Robert Williams

Prof. Robert (Bob) Williams, internationally renowned scholar of Italian Renaissance Art and of Art Theory, passed away on April 16, 2018, after battling a serious illness. Prof. Williams received his Ph.D. in 1988 from Princeton University. In the same year, he joined the faculty at UCSB. Prof. Williams was a Fulbright-Hays scholar and was awarded the Dame Frances Yates Fellowship from the Warburg Institute, University of London; the Villa I Tatti Fellowship from Harvard University; and an NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome.

Robert Williams, Raphael and the Redefinition of Art in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge, UK; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Professor Robert (Bob) Williams (photo courtesy Thomas DePasquale)

In addition to numerous articles, essays, reviews and co-edited volumes, he was the author of four books: Art, Theory, and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Italy: From Techne to Metatechne (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Art Theory: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell, 2004); The Zodiac of Wit: Peter Meller and the Graphic Imagination (UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum, 2012); and Raphael and the Redefinition of Art in Renaissance Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2018). We are grateful that Prof. Williams’s book on Raphael appeared in time for him to see it before he passed away.

During his nearly thirty years at UCSB, Prof. Williams chaired or co-chaired many Ph.D. dissertations, including those of Paul Anderson (’08), Margaret Bell, Blair Davis (’09), Thomas DePasquale, Jackson Dodge (’12), Michelle Duran-McClure (’03), Abelina Galustian, Shannon Gilmore, Sophia McCabe, Allan Langdale (’96), Staci Scheiwiller (’09) and Helen Taschian (’13). Our thoughts are with his wife, Dr. Carole Paul, and daughter, Julia.


Deadline extended to Tuesday, May 29 for fellowship support to students interested in pursuing advanced research in art and architectural history.

The Fellow will work with the Milwaukee Art Museum’s significant holdings of objects by members of the Ashcan School and The Eight for a forthcoming catalogue and exhibition.

The two-year fellowship provides training and research with the museum's permanent collection and related projects.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, “Beggars Receiving Alms at the Door of a House,” 1648, etching, engraving, and drypoint (image: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington)

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