Maia Wellington Gahtan
A native of Berkeley, California, Maia Wellington Gahtan received her B. A. in both History of Art and Linguistics (1987) and her Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies from Yale University (1995). Formerly Assistant Curator of Italian Paintings at the Walters Art Museum, she now directs the MA in Museum Studies at the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy. She has edited several volumes in the field of museum studies, including Giorgio Vasari and the Birth of the Museum (2014), and Churches, Temples, Mosques. Places of Worship or Museums? (2012); has served on editorial boards; has contributed to various books of essays, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals including the Lutheran Quarterly, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Popolazioni e Storia, Studi di storia dell’arte, and The Journal of Art Historiography; and has been awarded fellowships by the Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Villa I Tatti to pursue research in her main area of specialization: the interplay between intellectual history and the representational arts.