Elizabeth Saari Browne

Elizabeth Saari Browne is a fifth-year PhD student in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program at MIT. Her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century European art, with particular emphases on theories of perception, questions of finish, historical revivals, and cultures of collecting. Browne was the recipient of a 2020 Research Grant from the Decorative Arts Trust . Her dissertation is titled, "Modeling the Eighteenth Century: Clodion in the Ancien Régime and After." (2021)

Elizabeth received her B.A. at the College of William & Mary (Phi Beta Kappa) and her M.A. at the University of Florida, both in art history. Selections from her M.A. thesis, “Paint, Politics, and Daumier’s Rococo,” have been published in Athanor and Rutgers Art Review, and she has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues, notably Delacroix and the Matter of Finish (Yale University Press, 2013). Before coming to MIT, she held positions at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition to numerous institutional grants, her work has been supported by the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Areas of Interest
Historiography, Theory of Art