Nathan J. Timpano



Assistant Professor of Art History

1540 Levante Avenue

Coral Gables, FL 33146




Modern art in Europe & the Americas

19th-century European art

Art theory & criticism




Nathan Timpano joined the art history faculty at the University of Miami in 2010. His research focuses on the history and historiography of modern art produced during the long nineteenth century (1789 - 1918), particularly in Europe and the Americas.  A specialist in German and Austrian Modernism and visual culture, he teaches courses on European Modernism, including 19th-century European art, Expressionism, and Surrealism. He additionally teaches all courses related to Latin American Modernism within the Department of Art & Art History.


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 previously held professional positions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


Among his various awards, Dr. Timpano has been a Getty Research Institute Summer Fellow (2015), a Faculty Research Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UM (2013 - 2014), a Fulbright Fellow to Vienna, Austria (2007 - 2008), and a DAAD Scholar to Munich, Germany (2007).


Professor Timpano's exhibition Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States, which opened in June 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum, is currently touring the country at various museums.



Current Projects:


Professor Timpano is currently finalizing a book project on the German Expressionist painter Franz Marc. He recently completed a manuscript for a book chapter entitled "The magician, the mermaid, and the ouroboros: Franz von Stuck and the iconography of alchemy" (forthcoming in an edited volume on art and alchemy).



Selected Publications:


Books, Catalogues:


Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria and the Puppet (forthcoming, New York and London: Routledge, 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 Heather Diack and Edward J. Sullivan, exh. cat. (Coral Gables: Lowe Art Museum, 2013).


Essays, Book Chapters:


"'His Wretched Hand': Aubrey Beardsley, the Grotesque Body, and Viennese Modern Art," (forthcoming, Art History).


“Feeling Blue: Der Blaue Reiter, Francophilia and the Tate Gallery, 1960," in German Expressionism: Der Blaue Reiter and its Legacies (forthcoming, Manchester: Manchester University Press).


“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.


"Afterward: Lyonel Feininger at Harvard," in Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939, exh. cat. (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.




"Mona Hatoum," Tate Modern, London, May 4–August 21, 2016, (forthcoming).


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





Ph.D. (2010), Florida State University

M.A. (2006), Florida State University

B.A. (2002), Whitworth University


Post-doctoral curatorial fellow (2009 - 2010), Harvard University

Fulbright doctoral fellow (2007 - 2008), Universität Wien



website © Nathan J. Timpano | 2016

photo © Jose M. Cabrera | 2013

banner detail from Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze (1902)