Gillian Elliott

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Gillian Elliott

Professorial Lecturer, Art History Program


Gillian B. Elliott (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is a Professorial Lecturer of Medieval Art at George Washington University specializing in Romanesque sculpture of the Holy Roman Empire, specifically in northern Italy and in Alsace, France. Elliott recently published her book titled Sculpted Thresholds and the Liturgy of Transformation in Medieval Lombardy (Routledge, 2022). She also co-edited and co-authored, with Anne Heath (Hope College), Art, Architecture, and the Moving Viewer, circa 300-1500 CE: Unfolding Narratives (Brill, 2022). Professor Elliott has been teaching courses on Medieval art, Northern Renaissance art, Art Historiography, Nonwestern art, and art survey courses at the Corcoran School since 2007. In 2022-2023 she will serve as the Program Coordinator of the International Arts and Culture cohort at the Women’s Leadership Program at GW.


  • Nomination for Award for Excellence in Graduate Faculty Mentoring, CCAS, GWU
  • NEH Grant Seminar Participant, American Academy in Rome
  • Corcoran Faculty Development Fund Award, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC
  • Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Research and Publication Fellowship, ICMA
  • German Historical Institute Medieval History Seminar participant, Washington, D.C.
  • D.A.A.D. (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Freiburg University

  • Medieval sculpture and liturgical processions at the abbey of Mont Sainte-Odile in Hohenburg, Alsace
  • Gregorian Reform art with Barbara Franzé (University of Lausanne)
  • The Silk Road and Japanese medieval art and architecture with Christopher A. Born (Belmont University)
  • Contemporary art and medieval art

  • Sculpted Thresholds and the Liturgy of Transformation in Medieval Lombardy (Routledge, 2022)
  • Co-authored and co-edited with Anne Heath, Art, Architecture, and the Moving Viewer, circa 300-1500CE: Unfolding Narratives (Brill, 2022)
  • Angels and Lombard Identity in the Romanesque Sculpture of San Michele Maggiore in Pavia.” Peregrinations (forthcoming, 2022)
  • Representing Royal Authority at San Michele Maggiore in Pavia.” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 77, no. 2 (2014): 145-174.
  • “Victorious Trampling at Sts. Peter and Paul at Andlau and the Politics of Frederick Barbarossa.” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 72, no. 2 (2009): 145-165
  • “Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe.” Review of Romanesque Cathedrals in Mediterranean Europe: Architecture, Ritual and Urban Context, Gerardo Boto Varela and Justin E.A. Kroesen, eds. Turnhout, 2016. (, December 2017)
  • The Official Biography of Emperor Frederick I. Barbarossa.” Review of The Deeds of Frederick Barbarossa, by Otto of Freising and his Continuator, Rahewin. Translated and annotated with an introduction by Charles Christopher Mierow with the collaboration of Richard Emery. 1956. Reprint, New York, 2004. (H-German, H-Net Reviews, June 2005)
  • “A Gospel Lectionary at Niedermuenster: Iconography and Context.” Review of The Uta Codex: Art, Philosophy, and Reform in Eleventh-Century Germany, by Adam Cohen. University Park, 2000. (H-German, H-Net Reviews, January 2005)



BA in Art History (with distinction) and German, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

MA in Art History, State University of New York at Buffalo

PhD in Art History, University of Texas at Austin