Art and Art History

Elizabeth Lisot-Nelson

Elizabeth Lisot

Title: Associate Professor of Art History & Art History Graduate Program Coordinator
Department: Art and Art History
Building: ARC 116
Phone: 903.566.7484


  • PhD., The University of Texas, Dallas
  • M.A. University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.F.A. University of Colorado, Boulder


Dr. Lisot-Nelson specializes in Renaissance and Baroque art history, and also teaches courses on the history of women in art, ancient Greek, Roman, early Christian, Medieval, Latin American and Islamic art. Her research interests include aesthetics and post-migration theory, including images representing marginalized populations such as illegitimate children, Ebrei italiani, refugees, slaves and servants. Prior to coming to UTT in 2013, Dr. Lisot-Nelson was a visiting assistant professor with the University of Dallas at their Rome campus where she took students on educational tours within Italy and Greece. Her doctoral dissertation on Federico Barocci was under the direction of Deborah Stott at University of Texas, Dallas, and her master’s thesis at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was chaired by Claire Farago.


Recent publications include: “Refugees of War: Federico Barocci’s Aeneas Fleeing Troy, Classical Antecedents to Contemporary Issues” Konsthistorisk Tidskrift / Journal of Art History, Vol. 89, Issue 1 (2020): 33-56; “Sculpting and Human Rights: An Exploration of Fasasi Abeedeen Tunde’s Works in Italy” in The Art of Human Rights: Commingling Art, Human Rights and the Law in Africa, eds. Romola Adeola and Frans Viljoen, 103-130, Springer Publishing, 2020; "Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644 AD) at St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Barberini, and Palazzo Barberini" in People and Places of Rome, ed. Peter Hatlie, Arc Humanities Press, 2019; and a chapter, “Bleeding Bodies and Bondage: Signifiers of Illegitimacy in Ghirlandaio's Adoration of the Magi and Andrea della Robbia's Tondi at the Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence,” in Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination, eds. Jana L Byars and Hans Broedel, Routledge Press, 2018.

Dr. Lisot-Nelson regularly presents academic papers at the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings and the Sixteenth Century Studies conferences on artists such as Federico Barocci, Raphael, Titian and Ghirlandaio. She has published book reviews in The Renaissance Quarterly, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and the Canadian Journal of History. Dr. Lisot-Nelson is a member of the Medici Digital Archive Project community, has participated in a paleography and archival study seminar in Florence, and conducted research at Archivio di Stato di SienaAchivio e Museo degli Ospedale Innocenti and at the Vatican Library. She is the recipient of two UT Tyler Faculty Research Scholarship Awards and a Global Awareness Through Education (GATE) Faculty Liaison Development Grant.

Current projects include: an article on Raphael’s La Fornarina and La Donna Velata as early Orientalist images; a new interpretation of Raphael’s Transfiguration in the context of polemics between Pope Leo X and Martin Luther over papal authority and faith; and an iconographic exploration of Titian's Venus of Urbino contextualized within Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, along with Ovidian and Plinian sources. She is also seeking funding opportunities to conduct further research for a book: Raphael’s Jews: Identity and Context

As the art history graduate coordinator at UTT, Dr. Lisot-Nelson supervises students working on their Master’s degree, and directs student theses within her areas of specialization.

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