April Oettinger

Associate ProfessorArt History

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, the Renaissance Society of America, and the National Endoment for the Humanities.  She is working on a book titled Nature and Vision: Lorenzo Lotto and the Sublime Turn in Venetian Landscape Art. 

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Forthcoming Publications

Nature and Vision: Lorenzo Lotto and the Sublime Turn in Venetian Landscape Art [Manuscript in preparation] 

The Verdant Earth in Early Modern Italian Art. Eds. K. Goodchild, A. Oettinger, P. Prosperetti. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 

“Of Trees and Transformation in Lorenzo Lotto’s 1509 St. Jerome,” in Art and the Verdant Earth, eds. Karen Hope Goodchild, April Oettinger, Leopoldine Prosperetti (Amsterdam University Press). [Forthcoming in The Verdant Earth] 

Co-editor of a special volume of Source: Notes in the History Of Art, 37, nos. 1 & 2, dedicated to Paul Barolsky (Commonwealth Professor of Art History, University of Virginia) 

“Laughter In Paradise: The Spirit of Jest in Lorenzo Lotto’s Santo Spirito Altarpiece,” Source: Notes in the History Of Art, 37, nos. 1 & 2 (Winter 2018). 


“Vision, Voluptas, and the Poetics of Water in Lorenzo Lotto’s Venus and Cupid” 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.  

“Michelangelo’s Snowman and the Art of Snow in Vasari’s Lives,” in Reading Vasari. Ed. Anne Barriault, Andrew Ladis, Norman Land, Jeryldene Wood.  Athens, Ga: Georgia Museum of Art, 2005.  pp. 203-211. 

“An Introduction to the Dreamer and the Dream in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” in Miscellanea Marciana. Vol. XIV (2001): 31-46. 

Exhibits or Performances


Paradise Imagined: The Ideal Landscape in the Christian and Islamic World (June 23-September 30, 2012) *co-curated with Dr. Amy Landau, Assistant Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts, Walters Art Museum (Wall Street Journal Review: “Heaven on Earth”)

Visual Education: Selections from the Collections of Goucher College and Sidney and Jean Flah Silber ’54, Silber Art Gallery, Goucher College, September 12 – October 18, 2009. *co-curated with Dr. Gail Husch, Associate Professor, Art History 

External Awards, Honors, Grants

2016 Summer Stipend. National Endowment for the Humanities 

2015 Franklin Research Grant.  American Philosophical Society 

2014 Gladys Krieble Delmas Research Fellowship.  Delmas Foundation Venetian Research Program 

2012 Renaissance Society of America Research Grant, Renaissance Society of America  

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

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

1999 Fulbright Fellowship, Italian Fulbright Commission 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

2016  “Of Trees and Transformation in Lorenzo Lotto’s 1509 St. Jerome,”  Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA 

2014 “Arboreal Exegesis and Forests of Devotion in Lorenzo Lotto’s Designs for the Choir of Santa Maria Maggiore”.  Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, NY 

2012 “Viticulture, Vision, and Play in Lorenzo Lotto’s Frescos in the Oratorio Suardi at Trescore”, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 

2010 “A Lizard in the Study: Landscape and the Vita Solitaria in Lorenzo Lotto’s Portrait of a Young Man, c. 1530 (Venice, Accademia)”. Contribution of a group of panels in honor of Patricia Fortini Brown, Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Venice, Italy 

2006 “Ekphrasis, Imagination, and the Ideal Palace Interior in 15th-Century Italy.” Contribution to a group of panels that explored “The Early Modern House.” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA