UT Tyler

Art and Art History

Elizabeth Lisot-Nelson

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 her position at UTT, Dr. Lisot-Nelson was Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Dallas Rome campus; every semester for three years she took students on educational site-visits throughout 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 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 fifteenth-century depictions of illegitimate children in a Florentine foundling hospital.  A forthcoming publication, “Pope Urban VIII: Patron of Baroque Art in Rome,” in People and Places of Rome: The Educated Traveler’s Guide, ed. Peter Hatlie. ARC Humanities Press, contracted in production 2018, is a textbook chapter for college professors teaching study abroad programs in Rome.

Dr. Elizabeth Lisot-Nelson has presented numerous academic papers on religious art used for contemplation, the paintings of Federico Barocci, Raphael, Ghirlandaio, Caravaggio, Titian, and two contemporary artists: Maryam Najd and Fasasi Abeedeen Tunde, whose work includes imagery of refugees and transnational identities. As a member of the Medici Digital Archive Project community, she 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. Dr. Lisot-Nelson is the recipient of two UT Tyler Faculty Research Scholarship Awards and a Global Awareness Through Education (GATE) Faculty Liaison Development Grant.

Current writing projects include: an essay examining Federico Barocci’s painting of Aeneas Fleeing Troy (1589-1598) and Vergil’s Aeneid (29-19 BCE) as classical antecedents referencing xenia (hospitality to the stranger), which 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; and a new interpretation of Raphael’s Transfiguration in the context of polemics between Pope Leo X and Martin Luther over papal authority and faith. She is exploring funding opportunities to conduct further research for a book on images of slaves and servants in early modern Italy, and a volume of Raphael’s representations of Jews.

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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