Elizabeth Pilliod

Art History Program Head
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 2023, the first completely global history of art textbook. Her monograph Pontormo at San Lorenzo: The Making and Meaning of a Lost Renaissance Masterpiece was published by Brepols/Harvey Miller October 28, 2022.  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.