Monika Schmitter

Monika Schmitter (B.A. Oberlin College) earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled “‘A Collection of Collections’: Marcantonio Michiel and the Mapping of Art in Renaissance Venice,” and related projects. 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.

Each year she teaches a two-semester course sequence on Italian Renaissance Art. The first course, AH 511, covers art produced from about 1250 to 1500 (Proto- and Early Renaissance). The second class, AH 512, covers the art of the sixteenth century (High Renaissance, Mannerism, and Late Renaissance). The courses may be taken independently. She also offers graduate seminars on varying topics, and a General Education, Diversity course for undergraduates, titled "Introduction to the Visual Arts".


  • “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.

Postdoctoral Grants and Fellowships

  • 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

  • "Marcantonio Michielís '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 Michielís 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 Michieló—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 Lottoís 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.



Associate Professor of Art History


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Monika Schmitter
Art History Program
Department of Art
Bartlett Hall, UMass
130 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 0l003-9269

Phone: 413-545-6988


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