Elizabeth Mansfield

Elizabeth Mansfield
Elizabeth Mansfield

Professor of Art History

Head of the Department of Art History


240 Borland Building | University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4886


  • Ph.D. in fine arts (Harvard University)
  • B.A. in art history (University of California, Irvine)
  • B.A. in linguistics (University of California, Irvine)

Specialty Area: 

18th- & 19th-century European and British art and art historiography


Elizabeth Mansfield joined the department in the summer of 2018 as head of art history. Her publications include the books The Perfect Foil: François-André Vincent and the Revolution in French Painting and Too Beautiful to Picture: Zeuxis, Myth, and Mimesis. The latter was awarded the Charles Rufus Morey book prize by the College Art Association in 2008. She has also edited or co-edited several anthologies, including Art History and Its Institutions, Making Art History, and Seeing Satire. She is also the revising author of the popular textbook History of Modern Art (formerly Arnason’s History of Modern Art). Past positions include academic appointments at New York University and at Sewanee: The University of the South; more recently, she has served as Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation and Vice President for Scholarly Programs at the National Humanities Center. Her current book project is a study of Realism.