UT Tyler

Art and Art History

Elizabeth Lisot-Nelson

Elizabeth Lisot

Title: Assistant Professor & Art History Graduate Program Coordinator
Department: Art and Art History
Building: ARC 116
Email: elisot@uttyler.edu
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 the history of women in art, ancient Greek, Roman, early Christian, Medieval, Mexican 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. Her doctoral dissertation on Federico Barocci was under the direction of Deborah Stott at University of Texas, Dallas, and her master’s thesis was chaired by Claire Farago at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Recent publications include: “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. The chapter explores depictions of children born out of wedlock, located in a fifteenth-century Florentine foundling hospital. The images suggest that the infants require institutional boundaries for their own protection, but also so as not to threaten “moral’ society with the product of its own concupiscence; a chapter, "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, which is a text for professors teaching study abroad programs in Rome; and a chapter on a Nigerian refugee sculptor working in Italy for a volume on Art and Human Rights, ed. Romola Adeola, Springer Publishing, forthcoming, 2020.

She has presented academic papers on religious art used for contemplation, the works of Federico Barocci, Raphael, Ghirlandaio, Caravaggio, Titian, Michelangelo and two contemporary artists: Maryam Najd and Fasasi Abeedeen Tunde, whose works includes imagery of refugees and transnational identities. 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 Siena, Achivio 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 essay examining Federico Barocci’s painting of Aeneas Fleeing Troy (1589-1598) and Vergil’s Aeneid (29-19 BCE) as visual and literary antecedents that describe the reciprocal responsibilities of xenia (hospitality to the stranger), and therefore offer informed models of discourse for the contemporary European refugee crisis; 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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