Elizabeth Lastra

Assistant Professor of Art

Elizabeth Lastra teaches courses on the arts of medieval Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Islamic world. Her research focuses on northern Spanish art and society in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, addressing questions of urbanization, pilgrimage, and the dynamics of socially and religiously pluralistic communities. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Vassar, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Liz has published in Studies in Iconography and is currently working on a book, On Art and Authority: A Biography of Medieval Carrión de los Condes, which explores the urbanization and artistic production of a prominent medieval city along the pilgrimage the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. She also employs digital technologies to expand the means by which we study and present art objects and monuments. Her web resource RomanesqueSpain provides digital access to sites in northern Spain through three-dimensional modeling and gigapixel photography, and her 2020 Art of Pilgrimage course produced the website The Pilgrim’s Guide, a guide for the modern-day digital pilgrim. In 2015-16, she was the Swarzenski Fellow in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and previously held Fulbright and Casa de Velázquez fellowships in Madrid.

BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD, University of Pennsylvania
At Vassar since 2020


Taylor Hall
Box 313

Departments and Programs


ART 105 Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture
ART 221 Islamic Art and Architecture


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