Nina Amstutz

Assistant Professor
History of Art and Architecture
Research Interests:
18th- and 19th-century art; history of science
Phone: 541-346-7313
Office: 219 Lawrence Hall

Professor Amstutz completed her PhD in the History of Art at the University of Toronto. Subsequently she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, where she co-curated the exhibition "The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860" (Yale University Art Gallery, March 6–July 26, 2015).  She joined the faculty in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at UO in 2015.

Her first book, Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self, is in press with Yale University Press and considers how methods and ideas in the life sciences informed the relationship between nature and the human subject in the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich’s late landscapes.

Professor Amstutz is also working on two new projects. The first explores the material and conceptual resonance of fossils in the visual arts from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries, particularly in the British and German contexts. The second investigates the relationship between William Blake’s imagery and dance.

She welcomes applications from students interested in pursuing MA and PhD degrees in any area of eighteenth- or nineteenth-century European art, but particularly projects focused on British or German art, and/or issues surrounding landscape, nature, and the history of science.

Selected Publications

Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. (in press)

“Landscape and the Architecture of Light: John Constable’s Clouds at the Yale Center for British Art,” Journal of the History of Collections 30, no. 1 (March 2018): 167-178. 

“A Self-Portrait as Landscape Painter: Caspar David Friedrich and Phrenology,” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 79, no. 1 (2016): 72–91.

“Caspar David Friedrich and the Aesthetics of Community,” Studies in Romanticism 54, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 447–475.

“Caspar David Friedrich and the Anatomy of Nature,” Art History 37, no. 3 (June 2014): 454–81. (Honorable Mention in the 2015 HGCEA Emerging Scholars Prize)

Selected Courses Taught

ARH 206 History of Western Art III

ARH 351 19th-Century European Art

ARH 352 Art of the Enlightenment (18th-Century European Art)
ARH 359 History of Photography
ARH 399 Making: History, Media, Technique
ARH 4|550 Romanticism
ARH 4|551 Topics: Art and Science
ARH 607 Art and Nature