Katherine A. McIver, Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Alabama Birmingham, received her Ph.D in Renaissance and Baroque art from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992. She has taught a wide range of courses including Renaissance Art in Italy, Southern Baroque Art, the Art of Rome from Antiquity to the Baroque, the Art and Culture of Renaissance Venice, and Rome in the Age of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. Her area of research is Italian Renaissance art and architecture with an emphasis on women as patrons of the arts and material culture. Her publications include: Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power. Awarded the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s Book Prize, 2007; editor and contributor: Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy: Making the Invisible Visible through Art and Patronage and co-Editor and contributor: The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe. She is currently writing a book on kitchens and dining in 16th century Italy to be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Perhaps her greatest pleasure is sharing with others her knowledge of Italian art, history and culture and she spends as much time as possible in Italy each year. She has led numerous student summer tours of Italy beginning in 1995, has lectured for professionally run tours and has guided individuals in Rome, Florence, and Venice.