April Oettinger

Associate Professor and Chair

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Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2000
M.A., University of Virginia, 1996
B.A., Colgate University, 1994

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

15th- and 16th-century Venetian Art, Italian Renaissance Art and Literature, History of the Book

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Recent Publications:

“Vision, Voluptas, and the Poetics of Water in Lorenzo Lotto’s Venus and Cupid,” in Receptions of Antiquity and Constructions of Gender in Renaissance Art, ed. Alison Poe and Marice Rose (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 230-263.

"The Lizard in the Study: Landscape and Otium in Lorenzo Lotto's Portrait of a Young Man (c. 1530)," Artibus et Historiae, 65.33 (2012): 115-125.

"The Hypnerotomacha Poliphili: Art and Play in a Renaissance Romance," The Journal of Word and Image, 27.1 (2011): 15-30.  

"Aby Warburg's Nymph and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: An Episode in the Afterlife of a Renaissance Romance," Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 32:2 (2006): 225-246.

Exhibition/Curatorial Experience:

Co-Curator, Paradise Imagined: The Ideal Landscape in the Christian and Islamic World (Walters Art Museum, June 23-September 30, 2012).

Recent Papers:

"Landscape and Devotion in Lorenzo Lotto's San Nicola Altarpiece (1527)", Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery, Washington, D.C.), April 2014

Funded Research

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2016

Franklin Grant, from the American Philosophical Society, for project titled Lorenzo Lotto and the Rise of the Contemplative Landscape in Renaissance Venice, 2015

Delmas Foundation Venetian Research Program Grant for project titled, Lorenzo Lotto and the Rise of the Contemplative Landscape in Renaissance Venice," 2014

Renaissance Society of America Research Grant for project titled The Poetics of Landscape in the Art of Lorenzo Lotto, 2012

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Gladys Krieble Delmas Research Fellowship, Delmas Foundation Venetian Research Program, 2002

Dame Francis Yates Fellowship, Warburg Institute, University of London, UK, 2001

William Morris Foundation Fellowship, 2001

Fulbright Fellowship, Italian Fulbright Commission, 1999


April Oettinger is associate professor of art history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate, with a specialization in the art and literature of Renaissance Venice, in 2000 at the University of Virginia. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2005, she taught at the University of Delaware, the University of Hartford, and for the Colgate University Study Abroad Program in Venice. At Goucher College, she teaches a broad range of survey and thematic courses that address Western visual culture before 1800.  Oettinger's research interests include Renaissance art and literature, Venetian painting, and the history of the book. Her recent publications, which have appeared in scholarly journals including Artibus et Historiae and The Journal of Word and Image, treat the art of 16th-century Venetian painter Lorenzo Lotto, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (the topic of her doctoral dissertation), and Michelangelo's snowman, among his most famous "lost" masterpieces. She is the recipient of research grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Warburg Institute, the William Morris Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Renaissance Society of America.  She is working on a book titled Nature and Vision: Lorenzo Lotto and the Sublime Turn in Venetian Landscape Art.