Dr. Catherine E. Burdick


About Dr. Catherine E. Burdick

Dr. Catherine Burdick holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing broadly in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and specifically in relationships between portraiture and hieroglyphs in Classic Maya sculpture. She has taught art history at several institutions, including Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and UIC.


A Mayan ruler in ritual dress, Stela 51, Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico, 731 C.E.,(Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico D.F.)
Large stone sculptures was the principal medium for presenting Maya political and religious messages to the public.

Classic Maya portrait stelae