University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Nina Amstutz

Nina AmstutzNina Amstutz

Assistant Professor

Lawrence Hall 212
University of Toronto, Ph.D., History of Art, 2013
University of Toronto, M.A., History of Art, 2008
Curriculum Vitae



Professor Amstutz completed her PhD in the History of Art at the University of Toronto in 2013. From 2013–2015 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 September 2015.

Her current book project, "Caspar David Friedrich: Landscape, Science, and the Self," 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. Her first publication from this project, "Caspar David Friedrich and the Anatomy of Nature," appeared in Art History (June 2014).

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.

Selected Courses Taught

ARH 199

ARH 206

ARH 351

ARH 399

ARH 359

ARH 4|507

ARH 4|507

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

ARH 4|510

Making: History, Media, Technique

History of Western Art III

19th-Century Art

18th-Century Art|Art of the Enlightenment

History of Photography

Art and Nature

Art and Science


Art and Ecology: History, Theory, Practice

History of the Exhibition