Monika Schmitter

Monika Schmitter (B.A. Oberlin College) earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997. Her research expertise is in late fifteenth-century and early sixteenth-century Italian art, with particular emphasis on portraiture, patronage, domestic art, gender and class issues, and the history of collecting.

Most years she teaches a two-semester course sequence for undergraduates and MA students on Italian Renaissance Art.  The first course, Art History 310/610, covers art produced from about 1250 to 1500 (Proto- and Early Renaissance). The second class, Art History 313/613, covers the art of the sixteenth century (High Renaissance, Mannerism and Late Renaissance).  The courses may be taken independently.  She also teaches courses on Italian Baroque art, as well as graduate seminars on varying topics.  She is currently developing the introductory General Education class “Venice: Art, History, Environment.”

Selected Publications

  • Portrait of a Collector: Andrea Odoni in his Sixteenth-Century Venetian Palace  (in progress).
  • “The quadro da portego in Sixteenth-Century Venetian Art.”  Renaissance Quarterly 64 (Fall 2011): 693-743.
  •  “Review of Exhibitions: ‘The Triumph of Marriage’ and ‘Art and Love in Renaissance Italy.’” With Patricia Simons. Renaissance Studies 23:5 (November 2009): 703-12.
  • "Odoni's Façade: The House as Portrait in Renaissance Venice," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 66 (Sept. 2007): 294-315.
  • "Virtuous riches: The Bricolage of Cittadini Identities in early sixteenth-century Venice,” Renaissance Quarterly 57 (2004): pp. 908-69.
  • “The Dating of Marcantonio Michiel’s ‘Notizia’ on Works of Art in Padua,” The Burlington Magazine 145 (August 2003): pp. 564-71.
  • “Falling Through the Cracks: The Fate of Painted Palace Façades in Sixteenth-Century Italy.” In The Built Surface. Architecture and the Pictorial Arts from Antiquity to the Enlightenment, Volume 1, edited by Christy Anderson. London: Ashgate, 2002, pp. 130-161.
  • “The Display of Distinction: Art Collecting and Social Status in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice,” PhD Dissertation. Ann Arbor: UMI, 1997.
  • "Botticelli's Images of Simonetta Vespucci: Between Portrait and Ideal." Rutgers Art Review 15 (1995): 33-57
  • Venice. Practitioners and Patrons: Collaboration in the Graphic Arts. With Annette Dixon. Exh. cat. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Sept. 1996 - January 1997.

Selected External Postdoctoral Grants and Fellowships

  • Visiting Senior Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington, D.C., Summer 2012.
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grant, Renaissance Society of America, 2011.
  • Gladys Krieble Foundation Grant for Study in Venice and the Veneto, 2011.
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Massachusetts, 2005.
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Study in Venice and the Veneto, 2004.
  • Villa I Tatti Fellowship, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy, 2000-2001.
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for Study in Venice and the Veneto, Summer 2000.
  • Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, 1999-2000.
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Massachusetts, 1999.

Selected Professional Papers

  • “The Patron’s Part: Identity and Community,” Facciate dipinte e a sgraffito, Italia, XV-XVII secolo, Académie de France, Villa Medici, Rome, March 7-9, 2013. 
  • “Portrait of a Collector: Odoni in Venice,” Scripps College, Claremont, CA, March 22, 2011.
  • “Describing Giorgione’s Tempest,” Renaissance Society of America, Venice, Italy, April 10, 2010.
  • “The Muses and Musical Taste at the Turn of the 16th Century: A Frescoed Ceiling of the 'Celestial Sphere' in Cremona and its Context.” Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, Amherst, MA, April 1, 2010 (with Anne Stone).
  • “At Home with Renaissance Art: The Material Culture of the Venetian Palace,” Assumption College, Worcester, MA, March 25, 1010.
  • “The Cycle of the Muses from the Casa Maffi in the Victoria and Albert Museum,” The Muses and Their Afterlife in Post-Classical Europe, Warburg Institute, London, October 24, 2009 (with Anne Stone).
  • "The 'quadro da portego,' a Genre of Venetian Painting," National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., September 16, 2006.
  • "Marcantonio Michiel's 'Notizia díopere del disegno': A Problematic Legacy," Wesleyan Renaissance Seminar, Wesleyan University, Middleton, CT, November 17, 2004.
  • "Face/Façade: Exhibiting Subjectivity in the Casa Odoni, Venice," Five-College Renaissance Seminar, Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, Amherst, October 21, 2004.
  • "'La Fronte e l'Abitazione,' Composite Identity in the Casa Odoni," A Casa: People, Spaces and Objects in the Renaissance Interior, Villa I Tatti, Florence, June 10-11, 2004.
  • "Collecting Art and History in Renaissance Venice: Marcantonio Michiel's Notizia d'Opere del Disegno," Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, November 8, 2001.
  • "The Bricolage of cittadini Identities in the Early Sixteenth Century," International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 4-7, 2000.
  • "Marcantonio Michiel—A Venetian Vasari?," College Art Association, New York, February 23-26, 2000.
  • "Faces and Façades: The Presentation of the Self in a Venetian Frescoed House Front," Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, Tempe, Arizona, February 18-20, 1999.
  • "Florentine Cassoni: Renaissance Paintings for Married Couples," Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, October 22, 1998.
  • "Display, Distinction, and Class Identity: Andrea Odoni as a cittadino Collector in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice," College Art Association, New York, February 12-15, 1997.
  • "Contemplation, Collecting and Status in Early Sixteenth-Century Venice: Lorenzo Lotto's Portrait of the cittadino Collector Andrea Odoni," Venice Reflected: The Making of Culture 1500-1800, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 11-13, 1996.
  • "Circulation and Exchange: Some Thoughts on 'Virtual' Collecting," Representing the Roman Past—Archaeologists, Museums, Logistics, Legalities: An International Collaboration between the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 4-5, 1996.
  • "Botticelli's Portraits of Simonetta Vespucci: Images of Women Between Portrait and Ideal," Regional Central Renaissance Conference, St. Louis, March 27-29, 1994.
  • "Viewing the Italian Renaissance Interior: Sano di Pietro's Birth of the Virgin," University of Michigan Museum of Art, October 18, 1992.


Monika Schmitter

Associate Professor of Art History


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Monika Schmitter
Art History Program
Department of Art, Architecture

& Art History
Bartlett Hall, UMass
130 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 0l003-9269

Phone: 413-545-6988


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