Patricia Rubin is Professor of Renaissance Art at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. She has served as Director of that Institute, Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Acting Director of Villa I Tatti in Florence.

She has written books on Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists and on art and society in Renaissance Florence (Giorgio Vasari: Art and History and Images and Identity in Fifteenth-century Florence), along with numerous essays and articles on related topics. Her research interests range from altarpiece design to humbug and art history in the nineteenth century. She is currently writing about Sandro Botticelli’s illustrations to Dante’s Divine Comedy and researching the topic of masks and the masquerade of power in Italy from the Medici court to Mussolini.

Patricia Rubin