Gillian Elliott

Adjunct Instructor of Art History
Degree programs: 
BA Art Studies

Personal Information

Dr. Gillian Elliott is currently writing a book about Romanesque Sculpture and the Politics of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty in the Holy Roman Empire. She received a Samuel H. Kress Research Award from the ICMA in 2010 to travel to Northern Italy. This award will help Elliott conclude research for a new article on the sculpture program of the church of San Michele Maggiore in Pavia. She also recently published Victorious Trampling at Sts. Peter and Paul at Andlau and the Politics of Frederick Barbarossa in Zeitschrift Kunstgeschichte (2009), which grew out of a chapter of her dissertation on Romanesque sculpture in Alsace, France.

Professor Elliott has been teaching at the Corcoran since 2007. Her work on medieval sculptural programs has been incorporated into a new course on the Art of the Monument. She also teaches Medieval Legends in Art and Literature and survey courses in Art History. Elliott especially enjoys engaging students in discussions about ties between the art of the past and art of the contemporary world. She frequently utilizes the treasures of the Smithsonian museums, which are situated next door to the Corcoran classrooms.

Degree Title: 
B.A., Art History and German
College or University: 
St. Olaf College, MN
Degree Title: 
M.A., Art History
College or University: 
State University of New York at Buffalo
Degree Title: 
Ph.D., Art History
College or University: 
University of Texas at Austin
Awards: 

2010 Samuel H. Kress Research Award to travel to Northern Italy to study the sculpture program of the church of San Michele Maggiore in Pavia.

2005 Grace Hill Millam Endowed Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin & the Kimball Foundation Fellowship for Dissertation Writing.

2002 D.A.A.D.: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship for Dissertation Research, University of Freiburg.

Publications: 

Among her publications are, "Representing Royal Authority at San Michele Maggiore in Pavia," Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte (2014) and “Victorious Trampling at Sts. Peter and Paul at Andlau and the Politics of Frederick Barbarossa,” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte (2009).   She has also reviewed books for H-Net Reviews.

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Dr. Gillian Elliott is currently writing a book about Romanesque sculpture and the politics of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty in Lombardy. She also regularly chairs sessions on Medieval Alsace and presents papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. Elliott also recently presented a paper, “From Jerusalem to Civate: Ciborium as Ark and Tomb,” for the International Center for Medieval Art Sponsored Session on Jerusalem: Medieval History and Sanctity through the Eyes of Many Faiths at the College Art Association (NY, 2013). In her classes, Dr. Elliott engages students in discussions about ties between the art of the past and the art of the contemporary world. She frequently utilizes the treasures of the Smithsonian Museums, which are located a few blocks from the Corcoran classrooms.