Elizabeth Perkins

Part-time Lecturer

Italian Renaissance Art
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2015

Contact Information

Office: 915 Schermerhorn Hall


Elizabeth Perkins specializes in Italian Renaissance art, with a particular focus on portraiture and fifteenth-century painting. She currently holds a full-time position as an educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she oversees undergraduate and graduate learning programs. While continuing her art historical research in Italian art, Elizabeth's current projects also focus on the pedagogy of object-based teaching and learning across disciplines. Elizabeth views teaching as a form of research, and a consistent teaching practice as fundamental to her scholarship in both museum education and art history.

Elizabeth received her Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. from Columbia University, and her B.A. from Middlebury College. Her dissertation, sponsored by David Rosand and David Freedberg, presented the first in-depth study of Antonello da Messina's portraits. She held a Kress Interpretive Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2012 to 2013, and a research scholarship in Education at The Met from 2014 to 2015. 


“Giovanni Bellini, Antonello da Messina, and ‘the Signs of Men’s Character” in Examining Giovanni Bellini: An Art “More Human and More Divine.” Edited by Carolyn Wilson. Brepols, 2016.

Sí bone che par vive: Antonello’s Faces,” in Around Antonello. Reintegrating Quattrocento Culture. Edited by Michael Kwakkelstein and Bette Talvacchia.Florence: Dutch Institute for Art History/Centro Di, 2014.

Looking to Connect with European Paintings: Visual Approaches for Teaching.  New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013.