President, Samuel H. Kress Foundation
An art librarian by profession, I began my career in the 1980s as curator of special collections at the UCLA Art Library, where I was responsible for managing the collections and services of the west coast branch of the Princeton Index of Christian Art, the premier photographic archive devoted to medieval art and iconography, and the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana, the premier research collection devoted to Leonardo da Vinci and his milieu.
I have also been professionally affiliated with Avery Library at Columbia University (1988-90), the NYU Institute of Fine Arts Library (1990-94), and the Yale Arts Library, of which I was the director for seven years (1994-2001). I left Yale to assume a position at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as part of the planning team for the ARTstor digital initiative, serving as Director of Collection Development (2001-2007). I was appointed President of the Kress Foundation in July 2007.
My scholarly interests lie in the field of Leonardo studies and in the bibliography and historiography of art. I was co-editor of the standard reference work, Guide to the Literature of Art History (2005) and am the author of numerous articles, translations and book reviews. Recent publications include: “Par che sia mio destino: the prophetic dream in Leonardo and in Dante,” in Raccolta vinciana (2005) and “From Purgatory to the Primavera: some observations on Botticelli and Dante,” in Artibus + Historiae (2003).