Nathan J. Timpano, PhD


Chair of the Department of Art & Art History

Associate Professor of Art History

302B Merrick Building

Coral Gables, FL 33146



PhD, Florida State University (2010)

International Modernism(s) & Visual Culture,

European Art & Theory in the "Long Nineteenth Century"





Nathan J. Timpano is Chair and Associate Professor of Art History within the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Miami (UM). His research focuses on the history of modern art & visual culture in Europe and the Americas, with a specialty in German and Austrian Symbolism and Expressionism. At UM, he teaches courses on 17th to early 20th-century European art, as well as Surrealism in Europe & Latin America.


Prior to his work at UM, Dr. Timpano was the 2009-2010 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums / Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University. At Harvard, his research focused on the photographic works of the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger.  He additionally held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (2002-2003; 2005).


Dr. Timpano's recent awards include an Arts & Humanities Fellowship at UM (2021-22; 2020-21), and a Rifkind Center Scholar-in-Residence Grant at LACMA (delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic). His previous awards include an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation CREATE Grant (2019), a Max Orovitz Research Award in the Arts at UM (2019-20), a Getty Research Institute Summer Fellowship (2015), a Faculty Research Fellowship at UM's Center for the Humanities (2013-2014), a Rifkind Center Grant (2013), a U.S. Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship to Vienna, Austria (2007-2008), and a DAAD Doctoral Grant to Munich, Germany (2007).




*PDFs of Prof. Timpano's publications are available at his website. For a complete list of pubs, please refer to his CV.



Books, Edited Volumes & Catalogs:


The Edgar Allan Poe Review 22, no. 1, Special Issue on Graphicality, guest ed. Nathan J. Timpano (Spring 2021).


Russia Unframed, ed. Nathan J. Timpano, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2019).


Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet (New York and London: Routledge, 2017).


Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections, eds. Jill Deupi, Victor Deupi, and Nathan Timpano, exh. brch. (Coral

      Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2017).


GER.MANIA!, ed. Nathan Timpano, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2015).


Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art

       Museum, 2013). [With additional essays by Edward J. Sullivan and Heather Diack.]



Forthcoming Essays:


“A Language of Esoteric Signs: Deciphering Jewish and Masonic Gestures in Viennese Expressionism,” Modernism/

      modernity (Johns Hopkins UP, 2021).


“On Not Seeing, or Feeling: Embodying Disability in Viennese Modern Art,” in Routledge Companion to Art and

      Disability, eds. Timothy Hiles and Keri Watson (New York & London: Routledge, 2021).


“Erasing ‘Jewish Traces’: Max Oppenheimer, Antisemitism, and the Crux of Art Historiography,” in Erasures and

      Eradications in Viennese Modernism, eds. Megan Brandow-Faller and Laura Morowitz (New York & London:

      Routledge, 2022).


“Death and the Maiden: Abramović and the Visual Tradition of Memento Mori,” in Performing Transcendence: Marina

      Abramović and Religion, eds. Devin P. Zuber and Thomas Cattoi (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).



Selected Essays:


"The Curious Case of Aubrey Beardsley's Poe 'Illustrations'," The Edgar Allan Poe Review 22, no. 1 (Spring 2021):



L’arc de cercle, or the Movement of Modernism (1620-2020),” in Hysterical Methodologies in the Arts: Rising in

      Revolt, ed. Johanna Braun (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 21-71.


“Feeling Blue: Der Blaue Reiter, Francophilia and the Tate Gallery, 1960," in German Expressionism: Der Blaue

      Reiter and its Legacies, ed. Dorothy Price (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), 136-58.


“The Magician, the Mermaid, and the Ouroboros: Franz von Stuck and the Iconography of Alchemy,” in Visions of

      Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture, eds. Daniel Zamani and Judith Noble (London: Fulgur,

      2019), 138-57.


“At Water’s Edge: Mermaids and Sea Snails in the Symbolist Art of Arnold Böcklin and Leo Putz,” in Underwater

      Worlds: Submerged Visions in Science and Culture, ed. Will Abberley (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars

      Publishing, 2018), 22-51.


"'His Wretched Hand': Aubrey Beardsley, the Grotesque Body, and Viennese Modern Art," Art History 40, no. 3

      (June 2017): 554-81.


“Body Doubles: The Puppe as Doppelgänger in Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Visual Culture,” in The Doppelgänger, ed.

      Deborah Ascher Barnstone, vol. 3, German Visual Culture (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2016), 119-46.


“Nazi vs Niebelung: Satirising National Socialism at Harvard’s Germanic Museum," Oxford Art Journal 35, no. 3

      (December 2012): 389-411.


"The dialectics of vision: Oskar Kokoschka and the historiography of expressionistic sight," Journal of Art

      Historiography 1, no. 5 (December 2011): 1-13.


"Marketing the European-American: William Merritt Chase, Munich and the Märchenkönig," in American Artists in

      Munich: Artistic Migration and Cultural Exchange Processes, ed. Christian Fuhrmeister (Munich: Deutscher

      Kunstverlag, 2009), 179-92.


"Translating Vanguardia: Wifredo Lam, Transculturation, and the Crux of Avant-gardism," Rutgers Art Review 23

      (2007): 48-67.



Selected Reviews:


“Reviews of Books: Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey,” Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies 4, no. 1 (February 3,

      2020): 21-22.


“Reviews of Books: Cuban Art in the 20th Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde,” Bulletin of

      Spanish Visual Studies 2, no. 2 (September 11, 2018): 351-52.


"Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development edited by Luisa Del Giudice," Italian Americana 35,

      no. 1 (Winter 2017): 96-97.


"Mona Hatoum," Tate Modern, London, May 4–August 21, 2016, (September 15, 2017):


“Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World,” Tate Britain, London, June 24–October 25, 2015,

      (May 12, 2016):


“Robert Farris Thompson, Aesthetic of the Cool: Afro-Atlantic Art and Music,” (October 15, 2015):


“Egon Schiele: Portraits,” Neue Galerie New York, October 9, 2014–January 19, 2015, (July 16, 2015):


"Peter Neusser: Constructing Urban Heterotopias in the Modern City," Chicago Art Journal 15 (2005): 107-11.



website © Nathan J. Timpano | 2021-22

photo © Juniette Fiore | 2021-22

banner details from Paul Klee's Polyphony Architecture (1930). Artwork in the public domain.