Nathan J. Timpano



Associate Professor of Art History,

Director of Graduate Studies & Head of Art History

302B Merrick Building

Coral Gables, FL 33146






Modern Art in Europe & the Americas,

European Art in the Long 19th Century,

Art Theory & Criticism





Nathan Timpano is currently associate professor, director of graduate studies, and head of art history within the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Miami. His research focuses on the history of modern art & visual culture in Europe, with a specialty in German and Austrian expressionism. He teaches courses on 18th-, 19th- & early 20th-century European art, Viennese modernism, Surrealism in Europe & the Americas, and Latin American modernism.


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, where his research focused on the photographic works of the German-American artist Lyonel Feininger.  He has additionally held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


Among his various awards, Dr. Timpano currently holds a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation CREATE Grant (2018-29), was a Getty Research Institute Summer Fellow (2015), a Faculty Research Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UM (2013 - 2014), a Rifkind Center Scholar-in-Residence at LACMA (2013), a Fulbright Fellow to Vienna, Austria (2007 - 2008), and a DAAD Scholar to Munich, Germany (2007).


Dr. Timpano is presently supervising the Spring 2019 ArtLab@Lowe student exhibition course, which is focused on the Russian Avant-Garde. The exhibition will open on April 18, 2019 at the Lowe Art Museum.



Current Projects:


Professor Timpano is writing a second academic book on the role of color theory in German modern art, literature, and philosophy.



Selected Publications:*


Books & Catalogs:


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. cat. (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, with contributions by Edward J.

      Sullivan and Heather Diack, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2013).



Forthcoming Essays:


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

      Reiter and its Legacies (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming late 2019), 202-34.



Articles & Essays:


“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.


“Shades of Darkness: Sebastian Spreng’s DRESDEN Series,” in Sebastian Spreng: DRESDEN, exh. cat. (Coral

      Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2018), 18-23.


"'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.


“Los Once & Los Cinco: Cuban Responses to Abstract Expressionism,” in From the Vault, Building a Legacy: Sixty

      Years of Collecting at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum,

      2012), 21-25.


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

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


"Afterward: Lyonel Feininger at Harvard," in Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 (Ostfildern and

      Cambridge: Hatje Cantz and Harvard Art Museums, 2011), 149-51.


"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.


“Misremembering Racial Histories: The Role of the Viewer in Kara Walker’s The Emancipation Approximation,”

      Athanor 23 (2005): 89–95.





“The Justification of Modernist Painting: A Review of Frank Stella: Experiment and Change,” NSU Art Museum, Fort

      Lauderdale, November 12, 2017–July 8, 2018, The Miami Rail (March 22, 2018):


"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.


*Many of these publications are available as PDFs on Prof. Timpano's website.





Ph.D. (2010), Florida State University

M.A. (2006), Florida State University

B.A. (2002), Whitworth University



ABD Fellow, Harvard University (2009 - 2010)

Doctoral Fellow, Universität Wien, Austria (2007 - 2008)

website © Nathan J. Timpano | 2019

photo © David M. Smith | 2019

image details by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele & Barbara Hepworth