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Prof. Adela Roatcap

Dr. Adela Spindler Roatcap lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before returning to the USA. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1966 with a double major in the History of Art and Cultural Anthropology. She then received her M.A. from the University of Oregon in 1969, with a thesis on the History of Spanish/Italian Renaissance Art, and her Ph.D. as a Kress Fellow from Stanford University, with a dissertation on Russian Medieval Art. She has written many articles regarding William Morris and fine press books, and published The Book of the Dance in the 20th Century, as well as Raymond Duncan, Printer, Expatriate, Eccentric Artist. In addition to her collection of rare books and prints dealing with the Ballets Ruses she, while teaching at Mills College, published her The Book of the Dance in the 20th Century. Dr. Roatcap’s current book, Portrait of a Renaissance Bibliophile, is an iconographical study of Hans Memling’s portrait of Bernardo Bembo who, as Venetian ambassador to Lorenzo de’Medici’s court, became an important patron to Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.