Linda Seidel, Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago, is an art historian with special expertise in medieval architecture and its decoration, northern European Renaissance painting, and art historical methodology. Professor Seidel received an A.B. in art history from Barnard College and Ph.D. from the Department of Fine Arts at Harvard University. Her diverse interests include the ways in which familiar Biblical stories are transformed when they are rendered as images; the role of materials in the creation of works of art; the theme of nature in European painting; and the social role played by early European paintings. In addition to extensive travel in Europe, Professor Seidel has lectured to museum audiences, taught American undergraduates in Rome, and accompanied several alumni trips abroad as an art specialist.