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Oliver Tostmann
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: (860) 297-5232 Office Location: Hallden
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Trinity College faculty member since 2021
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Dr. phil., Freie Universität Berlin
M.A., Freie Universität Berlin
B.A., Freie Universität Berlin

Oliver Tostmann is the Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. At the Wadsworth, Tostmann is responsible for the collections of European paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century.

Prior to joining the Wadsworth, Tostmann was the William Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Previously, Tostmann was a fellow in the department of Italian and Spanish paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A specialist of Italian art, Tostmann has organized and co-organized a number of exhibitions including: By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy 1500-1800 (Wadsworth Atheneum and Detroit Institute of Arts, 2021-2022); Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s (Wadsworth Atheneum and Baltimore Museum of Art, 2019); Ornament & Illusion. Carlo Crivelli of Venice (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2015); and Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini. Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2014).

A recipient of research grants and fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, and the Senate of Berlin, Tostmann has written articles and delivered lectures on many topics in European history and literature.

He received his Dr. phil., M.A. and B.A. in art history from the Freie Universität, Berlin. He also studied at Humboldt Universität Berlin, Université de Paris I, and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.