Elizabeth Pilliod

Assistant Professor of Art History
Ph.D. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor



Elizabeth Pilliod has her M.A. MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Originally studying sixteenth-century Japanese art she switched to Italian Renaissance art after a fateful trip to Florence, Italy. A selection of her publications includes “Botticelli: Master of Florentine Portraiture,” in Botticelli: Renaissance Man, Sotheby’s, New York, January 28, 2021, pp. 54-65; “Inside George Segal,” in George Segal in Black and White, Rutgers-Camden University, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts, September 2016, pp. 18-20; “Regarding the Hebrew in Bronzino’s ‘Holy Family’ for Bartolomeo Panciatichi,” Artibus et historiae 61 (2010), pp. 149-58. “Ingestion/Pontormo’s Diary: Food and the Management of the Artist’s Melancholy,” Cabinet Magazine 18, no. 3 (2005), pp. 7-9; Time and Place: Essays in the Geohistory of Art, ed. with Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Aldershot and Burlington, VT:  Ashgate Publishing, 2005; Italian Drawings. Florence, Siena, Modena, Bologna, with Per Bjurström and Catherine Loisel, Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 2002; and Pontormo, Bronzino, Allori: A Genealogy of Florentine Art, London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

She is currently editing Art & the World: Global Visions, co-author with Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Pearson Publishing, forthcoming 2021, the first completely global history of art textbook. Her monograph Pontormo at San Lorenzo: The Making and Meaning of a Lost Renaissance Masterpiece will be published by Brepols/Harvey Miller in 2021.  She collaborated on the exhibition Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting, at the Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence; Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles in 2018-19. She contributed the section “Cosimo I de’ Medici: Lineage, Family, and Dynastic Ambitions,” and additional entries for the exhibition, Power and Identity: Portraits in the Florence of Cosimo I de’ Medici, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, opening June 26, 2021. She offers courses in ancient art & archaeology, Medieval Art & Culture, Renaissance Art, Art & Science, and Baroque through 19th century art.