Elizabeth Bolman, PhD

Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts
Department of Art History and Art
College of Arts and Sciences

A leading expert on late antique, Byzantine, and early medieval Egyptian art, Professor Elizabeth Bolman most recently directed a wall-painting conservation project at the Red Monastery church in Upper Egypt. This award-winning project, which received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), the Dumbarton Oaks, the NEH, and the J. William Fulbright Foundation, culminated in the wide-ranging volume The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt (Yale, 2016). Among her new projects are Milk and Salvation: The Nursing Mother of God in the Eastern Mediterranean (contracted by Penn Press) and Monks and Images in Late Antique Egypt (forthcoming from Princeton). Educated at Smith and Bryn Mawr, Prof. Bolman comes to us from Temple University, where she was on the faculty for seventeen years.

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Research Interests

  • Egyptian Christian monuments (ca. 5thc. - 14th c.)
  • Byzantine depictions of the Galaktotrophousa (nursing Virgin Mary)
  • Reconsideration of generative centers of cultural production in Byzantium


Doctor of Philosophy
Bryn Mawr College
Master of Arts
Bryn Mawr College
Bachelor of Arts
Smith College

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