M. Elizabeth Boone


M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Boone is professor of the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. Betsy works on nineteenth and twentieth-century art in the United States, Spain, and Latin America and is particularly interested in trans-nationalism, cultural diplomacy, art and masquerade, and animal studies. She is the author of essays and exhibition catalogues on such topics as the nineteenth-century reception of Jan Vermeer (1992), paintings of Spain by Mary Cassatt (1995), depression-era murals in San Francisco (2002), nineteenth-century variations on Velázquez’s Las meninas (2003), the use of illustration to mask political controversy in turn-of-the century travel literature (2005), and the use of masquerade and the tableau vivant in the art of William Merritt Chase and Joaquín Sorolla (2015). She published Vistas de España: American Views of Art and Life in Spain, 1860–1914 (Yale University Press, 2007) and has recently completed “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality”: Spain and America at the World’s Fairs and Centennial Celebrations, 1876-1915 (Penn State University Press, 2019). Betsy spent the winter 2014 semester in Santiago de Chile, where she curated an exhibition of art from the United States and Chile for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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