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Metropolitan Museum of Art
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art history, 19th century, women's fashion, women's hairstyles, material culture, U.S. painting
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About Me

Elizabeth L. Block, an art historian, is Senior Editor in the Publications and Editorial Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is managing editor of the Metropolitan Museum Journal.

She holds a PhD in art history from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, New York, and a BA in English and art history from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Recent Publications


Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion (MIT Press; release date: October 19, 2021)


“Gowns and Mansions: French Fashion in New York Homes During the Late Nineteenth Century,” The Journal of Dress History (vol. 5, no. 1) (spring 2021)

 “Maison Félix and the Body Types of its Clients, 1875–1900,” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture (vol. 26, no. 1) (spring/summer 2019), 80–103.

“Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau: Living Statue,” Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide 17 (2) (autumn 2018).

“Winslow Homer and Women’s Bathing Practices in Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide),” American Art 32 (2) (summer 2018), 100–15.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Material Culture, Women